Why Distance Learning Child Protection Training is on the Rise

Finding the time to do a whole day training session can be a big ask of your staff, especially when they are already scrambling to get everything done on time. One innovative solution is breaking up a whole day training session into a number of smaller distance learning sessions that are easier to fit around busy schedules.

So, what is distance learning training?

Distance learning training can be completed online, from any computer, anywhere in the world, at your own pace. Distance learning training allows you to fit training around your schedule, instead of having to take time out to undergo one or two full training days.  

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Child education and duty of care are two sectors where distance training is especially important. This is because the legislation surrounding child education and duty of care is constantly evolving and employees have to be up to date on the latest changes. Child education and duty of care are also especially time intensive, which makes finding a whole day off for a training session much more difficult.

What could you learn from a distance learning training session on child protection?

Child protection training is designed to give anyone who volunteers or works with children and young people an overview of their legal responsibilities.

Child protection training enables employees to protect young people and children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. At its core, child protection training is about promoting the health and welfare of children and young people, enabling them to grow up in an environment that nurtures and supports them.

A host of vital topics are covered in child protection training, including how to recognise signs of abuse and the effects that it can have on children, the different kinds of abuse and the forms they can take, how the reporting system works, and examples of best practice.

Child protection training also covers five continuing professional development (CPD hours), which means that you’re getting two jobs done for your staff at once!

Who needs child protection training?

Child protection distance learning should be considered whenever someone works, or volunteers, in a capacity or sector that brings them into contact with children and young people.

It’s essential for anyone who works with children and young people in any capacity to be aware of their development stages and the manner in which their development progresses. This knowledge is a powerful tool for all those who work in contact with children, as it gives them the skill set to be able to recognise and intervene in situations where abuse is occurring, ultimately allowing them to better protect the young lives they’re working with.

About the Author

Keir McDonald MBE is founder and Director of EduCare, an online training solutions company that specialises in child protection training and duty of care courses.