Child abuse and neglect: Training needs of student teachers

Bronagh Mc Kee, Karola Dillenburger

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    Increasing awareness of child abuse and neglect (CAN) raises questions about how well teachers are prepared for their role in child protection. This paper assesses and differentiates training needs of first-year students (n = 216) in Northern Ireland. Multiplechoice tests were used to assess knowledge of CAN statistics; recognising and reporting; policies, procedures, and legislative frameworks; and direct work with children. Considerable gaps in knowledge were found. Results between student groups varied and provide evidence of the need to develop pre-service child protection training. The importance of differentiation between student groups in terms of training content is emphasised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)320-330
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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