Serious simulation games for further education of professionals at Kent University

Hello, from the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent.

This blog is to tell you about the Centre and the innovative approach to teaching and learning myself, Professor David Shemmings and the team have pioneered here in the UK

 

Professor Jane Reeves                                  Professor David Shemmings                            Vanisha Jassall & Tracee Green

The Centre was launched in 2012 and this Blog will introduce you to the innovative work that the Centre has developed into the use of serious game simulations to upskill professionals into dealing with complex and difficult aspects of child protection practice, but also to help children and young people protect themselves, in particular, from online and face-to-face grooming.  We also run a successful distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection (now in its 5th year) which trains child protection practitioners from all over the world in excellence in child protection practice, theory and research.  We literally have students from all over the world studying with us, online, from their own countries. https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/ma/index.html

                                 

A further part of our success has been our approach to teaching and learning in the complex and difficult topics of child protection.

Professor Shemmings and I wanted, not only to modernise training approaches in child protection but to ensure any approach we developed was impactful, research informed and sustainable. Consequently, after a year of research and going to visit organisations where pilots, shop assistants and Doctors were trained, as well as learning from new and exciting approaches in gaming technology, we developed ‘Rosie 1’, an immersive simulation in child protection training for professionals.  ‘Rosie 1’ gave practitioners the opportunity to ‘virtually’ go on a section 47 statutory home visit to a young girl following a referral from her nursery.  The ‘player’ is offered the opportunity to make conversational choices with the family in this ‘game’, overcome an appearance from a snake, explore the environment and ultimately safeguard Rosie.

This simulation was so successful many others have followed, details of which are below.

Put simply, what we do is take complex child protection issues, consult and work in partnership with experts, review closely the research and then turn all of this information into interactive, immersive child protection simulations for professionals and young people.

The ‘magic’ is in the teaching and learning elements we build into the simulations – all designed to keep the ‘player’ or learner on track with the topic, the story, the characters and the key messages we want to get across. Technological sophistication has enabled us to progress significantly in the development of the teaching and learning approaches we now include, which help embed learning and retain key messages.

Following ‘Rosie 1’, many more simulations have followed.

 

‘Rosie 2’ for professionals on neglect and complexity.  Uses avatars as characters in a 13 scene home visit.  Includes tackling the issues of professional home visits, thresholds for intervention, the perspective of the child, mentalisation and attachment, disguised compliance and professional over-optimism. You as the child protection professional have to assess the outcomes for the children in the family.

IIndividual licence for a year £200 plus VAT.  Single trainer package for use by one trainer in one organisation for use 20 times in 12 months: £750.  Group trainer for 5 trainers within an organisation each using it 12x in 12 months: £2500.  In English with English sub-titles

‘MyCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court’ has been developed in partnership with Cafcass in the UK and is a continuation of the ‘Rosie’ simulation series.  It has a direct work scene and interactive courtroom for use by professionals and young people as well as depicting how professionals prepare and give evidence in court. It follows Rosie and her family through public and private court proceedings and makes decisions on Rosie and her twin siblings and baby brother. 

‘Individual attendance at the training session in UK £199 (concessions available).  Single trainer package for use by one trainer in one organisation for use 20 times in 12 months: £750.  Group trainer for 5 trainers within an organisation each using it 12x in 12 months: £2500.  Uses Avatars, in English with English sub-titles.

 

‘Zak’ developed with Kent Country Council and Kent police, on radicalisation – versions for young people and professionals.  Winner of the Chief Constables Commendation Award 2015.  Social media format.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world.

UK training & annual licence £199. We would be happy to work with training ‘champions’ across Europe to host training events.  Contact ccp@kent.ac.uk to discuss this.

‘Looking out for Lottie’ is about the grooming of a young girl by her ‘boyfriend’ for the purposes of child sexual exploitation.  Follow Lottie’s story and spot how she is groomed and discuss with young people how to prevent this.  Also take a look at Jake and see why he becomes a groomer. Versions for professionals and for professionals to work with young people.  Winner of the Guardian Award for Digital Innovation 2016.  Social media format in English.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world

UK training and annual licence £199.  We would be happy to work with training ‘champions’ across Europe to host training events.  Contact ccp@kent.ac.uk to discuss this.

 

 

‘Behind Closed Doors’ on the grooming for radicalisation of three girls to travel to Syria, and a young man groomed for a far right organisation by a female groomer.  Social media format using national and international stories from Sky and BBC News 24 on hate crime, Charlie Hebdo attacks, Bethnal Green girls, Paris attacks and the Swedish attacks.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world and to express your interest in this forthcoming simulation.

 

Our simulations are used all over the UK and internationally and are written/recorded in English.  Information on these simulations can be obtained from the link below https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/simulationsindex.html

If you are in the UK and would like to be trained to use any of the simulations we run regular training - details of which and the cost can be accessed here

https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/events/index1Demo.html

If you are based across the world and would like to talk to us about accessing our simulations or our MA in Advanced Child Protection and would like to talk to us about cost please contact us on ccp@kent.ac.uk

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