Denying Children a Voice Encourages Impunity for Abusers

Posted on 24/11/2014 by AC Education Team

"In the UK, a series of public inquiries in the 1980s and 90s documented widespread systematic physical and sexual abuse by staff in Children’s homes over many years, which had been surrounded by a  culture of collusion, neglect, indifference and silence on the part of staff. One of the most forceful lessons to emerge was that the abuse had been able to continue because children were denied any right to challenge what was happening to them.  Their stories were not believed and they were denied access to any channels to help them articulate their concerns."

UNICEF Innocenti Insight
Promoting Children’s Participation in Democratic Decision-Making

Social Pedagogy is a pioneering approach being used across Europe, proposing an enlightened approach to raising vulnerable children within our society.  It is believed that by nurturing a looked after child whether in foster care, residential or an educational setting, the focus should be on the welfare of the child and the building of stable, positive effective relationships that will in turn raise a stable positive adult.

This can be achieved by drawing on all our available skills using our knowledge, compassion, emotional nurturing, vocational and practical skills to give every vulnerable child a voice, a sense of worth and belief in themselves.

Our course THERAPEUTIC CARE: SOCIAL PEDAGOGY will guide you on how to
·        Understand the underpinning of social pedagogy. 
·        To develop a setting based on the key aims of social pedagogy. 
·        To manage risk appropriately. 
·        To be able to work with other agencies to provide appropriate support
·        Plan strategies, policies and procedures to enable a therapeutic setting, to work towards the ideal of social pedagogy.

Bespoke E-learning Courses

Short Course Programme

We offer a wide range of accessible courses for the whole children’s workforce. Our courses are informative and user friendly. Feedback has shown that this learning develops practice and can improve outcomes for children and young people. They provide a simple platform to gain that important extra knowledge and are a must for everyone working with vulnerable children and young people.

We also have a number of equally effective courses aimed to supplement training for those working in adult social care. These cover a variety of topics, including Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, and there are many more courses in development for the coming year.

Child Protection

The need for high-quality child protection training has never been greater. Our online safeguarding courses provide a straightforward and flexible way to undertake this crucial training at two levels. These courses are essential for everyone whose work brings them into contact with children in any capacity.


Edexcel BTEC Courses

BTEC Qualifications

These Edexcel accredited online courses provide professional development covering a broad range of issues in working with children. They include important theory and practical skills, and offer great benefits to learners with real improvements in outcomes for children and young people.

Level 3 Diploma for foster carers wishing to develop their skills
Level 3 Certificate for anyone working in education with vulnerable children and young people
Level 4 Certificate for professionals wishing to develop real expertise in their field
Level 5 Certificate for designated teachers to understand the needs of looked after children

BTEC Award (single unit) courses are also available at levels 3, 4 and 5 for anyone working professionally with children and young people and wanting to focus their study on a particular subject.


Blended Courses

Designated Teacher Training

This blended learning programme for designated teachers is devised to improve the understanding and support of vulnerable children in schools. The programme consists of a one day conference and each school will then have access to our online resource – Education and Trauma.


Face-to-Face Events

We provide a variety of one day training events on specialist subjects suitable for those working with vulnerable adults, children and young people. The courses are delivered by our associate expert trainers, who are fully trained and supported to deliver our unique range of course material. These courses can be tailored to meet your needs and can include an online resource. 


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For full details on all the new developments we have planned and to have your say, please call our training consultants today!

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