The New School at West Heath is an independent specialist school catering for secondary age students whose mainstream schooling has broken down. The majority of our students have suffered significant trauma in their lives and some have social, emotional and behavioural problems.
We decided that as child protection training was of such major importance to all staff here, and that this need was comprehensively met by EduCare’s child protection programmes, that we would feature them as part of our staff induction process. The obvious advantage was the flexibility in their application. People worked through it at their own pace, in their own time, at home or at work, and both individually and within a learning group.
We wanted to evaluate our investment in EduCare’s programmes so we designed a questionnaire that was put to all staff to elicit their views about how confident they felt handling child protection issues. An excellent return of these questionnaires gave us some great feedback, including:
Bill Whillock – Vice Principal – Care, The New School at West Heath