E-learning for child accident prevention

March 2014

Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) have developed a free e-learning course to help local frontline practitioners, parents and carers to learn more about preventing common childhood accidents.

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Work to develop the e-learning course began in late 2012, when Yorkshire Children’s Centre and KSCB identified a need to support local practitioners to develop their understanding of childhood injuries and how they can be prevented.

Deborah Kiernan, Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager at Yorkshire Children’s Centre explains: “We wanted to provide some basic training for practitioners, particularly those working in children’s centres, but we recognised that workload and budget pressures often make it difficult for people to attend classroom-based sessions.

"We decided that an e-learning approach would make it easy for local practitioners to develop a good basic knowledge of child accident prevention without having to commit to time away from the workplace. An added benefit of this approach was that it would be easy for parents and carers to complete the course too.”

Outcomes

The project team identified the areas that they wanted the e-learning course to cover through talking to practitioners working in children’s centres, researching child safety materials published by organisations such as CAPT and RoSPA, and looking at local data about childhood accidents. The course takes 30-40 minutes to complete and covers topics including safety in the home and on the roads, with an emphasis on identifying risks and understanding the steps you can take to reduce them.

The course is one of four safeguarding e-learning courses KSCB hosts on its website. The other courses focus on child abuse and neglect, child development and private fostering. A certificate is awarded on completion of each course. The free child accident prevention e-learning course was launched in February 2014.

As the course is online, it can be accessed and completed by anyone in the world who wants to learn more about preventing childhood accidents, although the project team can only offer technical support with the course to those working, volunteering or raising children in the Kirklees area.

The team’s initial goal is for 50 people from the Kirklees area to have completed the course by the end of March 2014. As well as developing plans to promote the e-learning course in the local area throughout the year, the team is also looking at how it could be integrated into Kirklees’ home safety equipment scheme. “Parent education has always formed part of our home safety equipment scheme but the course could help us to make this more formal. We could, for example, make completing the course a requirement of receiving equipment through the scheme.”

What we can learn

  • The e-learning course has been designed to be highly interactive and engaging, with recaps and tests throughout, so that people don’t rush through without taking the information in.
  • The team wanted to have the ability to update the e-learning resource with information about new and emerging hazards, such as burns from hair straighteners, so they made sure that this formed part of the technical brief.
  • The course includes links to further information and resources from organisations such as CAPT, to make it easy for people to find out more if they want to. It also includes a feedback form at the end, so that people can make comments and suggestions about what they have learnt.
  • The e-learning system gives the project team data on the number of people who have started the training course and the number of people who have completed it. Access to the course is through a login and password, so the training is recorded for each individual learner.
  • Further information

    For more information about the work discussed in this case study, please contact Deborah Kiernan on 01484 519988 or deborah.kiernan@yccuk.org.uk
Updated March 2014