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Interactive case studies to embed child protection into everyday practice


  • E-learning

Walkgrove used interactive storytelling to deliver training about effective child protection and safeguarding practices within a major youth charity.

The training need

The Sea Cadets Corps (SCC) is a national youth charity supported by the Ministry of Defence. The charity works with 14,000 young people aged between 10 and 18 years’ across the UK to deliver adventure activities that build practical life skills. SCC regards the safety and welfare of all its cadets as a highest priority. The organisation wanted a custom e-learning course that would act as a refresher for everyone on its diverse adult staff team about how to follow its safeguarding policy and keep young cadets safe from harm.

Our bespoke e-learning solution

Walkgrove’s bespoke e-learning solution uses emotionally and intellectually engaging learning designs to remind learners of their important role in helping to tackle harm and abuse of children and young people. E-learning development included creating bespoke character-based illustrations for the course to present learning content, providing humanised imagery that is visually sensitive and appropriate for the challenging subject matter.

As well as clearly and succinctly presenting important facts, statistics and policy information, the impactful course includes a series of challenge-based case studies about the practicalities of child safeguarding. Interactive stories covered a range of possible scenarios that staff may face and each highlights the basic principles of child protection, including how to report any concerns and access further guidance. Case studies ask learners, ‘what would you do?’ at key points in the narrative, requiring learners to apply and test their existing knowledge about safeguarding procedures and helping to reinforce their understanding of best practice. All questions and activities are followed by detailed feedback in order to illustrate any knowledge gaps and reassure learners of the common sense steps they should take in case of any child protection concerns.