Protecting our children in a dangerous world

27 July 2017


C Building,
Magill Campus,
St Bernards Road, Magill.

Room C1-60

4.00pm – 5.30pm

Presented by: Prof Jane Reeves


The current situation for child abuse nationally and internationally is complex, pervasive and evolving. In 2012 the University of Kent supported a pioneering innovation in child protection teaching and learning, set up by Professors Jane Reeves and David Shemmings, with a vision for a Centre which aimed to (1) captured the best of contemporary technology and gaming techniques (2) helped professionals learn in a modern and innovative way to help them (3) protect children and help children protect themselves. The Centre for Child Protection (CCP) was launched in September 2012 and has developed a creative approach to (1) help children protect themselves and (2) transform how child protection students and professionals are trained at University, in the sector and internationally. By using technology to replicate environments where child abuse happens and by reproducing social media platforms where grooming occurs, professionals and young people can increase their knowledge, take risks safely and see the consequences of their actions.

During this lecture Professor Jane Reeves will present the 2 main sets of training simulation developed by the Centre and with sector partners: firstly, the child protection simulations for professionals - "Rosie 2 on neglect and complexity" and "myCourtroom; Rosie's family goes to court". Secondly, Jane will present the suite of simulations designed to tackle grooming on radicalisation and child sexual exploitation (CSE). These include 'Zak'; 'Looking out for Lottie' and the new Home Office funded simulation on radicalisation 'Maryam and Joe; Behind Closed Doors'. She will outline the teaching and learning features built into their design and show, through an interactive presentation, how these features help protect children in a dangerous world.


Prof Jane Reeves

Jane Reeves is a Professor in Child Protection and Simulation Development at the University of Kent. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection CPP) and Director of Studies for the distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection. A qualified social worker, since becoming Co-Director of CCP she has worked in partnership with many statutory and third sector stakeholders and led and co-written several immersive simulations. The simulations tackle complex inter-professional issues including sexual abuse (‘Rosie 1’ 2011); neglect (‘Rosie 2’ 2012); radicalization and extremism (‘Zak’ 2013; ‘Maryam and Joe; Behind Closed Doors’ 2016); paedophilia (‘Elliot’ 2013); child sexual exploitation (‘Looking out for Lottie’ 2014; NHS funded) and ‘Rosie goes to court’ (2015) a simulation co-written with the court advisory service Cafcass for professionals and young people on the experience of public and private law and the court experience for professionals, parents and young people. The simulations are being widely used across the UK by professionals and, in the cases of ‘Zak’ and ‘Lottie’, directly with young people. ‘Lottie’ won the Guardian award for Digital Innovation in 2016. Jane’s research and publications include using eye tracker and emotion reader software to evaluating professional responses to the simulations and evaluating the effectiveness of Zak as a teaching tool in the classroom. She has also recently completed project Rita collaborating with the University of Portsmouth and two SME’s to design a new approach to artificially intelligent care. She was also the lead on an Innovation Grant from the DfE to investigate how traumatised young people in care use technology. She is currently working on a European Erasmus Project with the University of Stirling looking at how child protection is taught across Europe and working with the Home Office to roll out and evaluate ‘Behind Closed Doors’ on radicalisation. Future projects include securing funding for a simulation on FGM and on modern day slavery.

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