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ERIC Number: ED452198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-10
Pages: 36
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A Comparison of Pre-Service Training To Identify and Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect in Australia and the United Kingdom.
McCallum, Faye; Baginsky, Mary
This study examines how Australian and British preservice training programs incorporate child abuse intervention. Australian student teachers complete compulsory training in mandated notification as part of their program. Evaluation of student teachers who completed the training indicated that they highly valued it, though they were confused about who mandated reporters were, categories of child abuse and neglect, and whether or not they had civil immunity if they reported in good faith. Confusion about policies and procedures directly influenced their confidence in identifying and reporting. In the United Kingdom, pressure over performance standards has left the issue of child welfare on hold, though one standard states that qualified teachers should demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of teachers' legal liabilities and responsibilities. Surveys of student teachers who participated in training with the newly developed Child Protection in Initial Teacher Training Tutor Pack indicated that this course needed to be integrated into, not grafted onto, the main program. Though most students believed teachers had a role in child protection, many expressed anxiety and confusion over the issue, including those who felt confident in their role related to child protection. Students wanted more thorough training on child protection. (Contains 63 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom