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Safeguarding Children e-Academy offers help to Turks and Caicos islanders

Safeguarding Children E-Academy : 30 September, 2010  (Company News)
A safer future is in prospect for children and young people in the Turks and Caicos Islands following an offer by the UK-based Safeguarding Children e-Academy to provide free online child protection training worth up to 3,000.
The academy, part of online training pioneer Virtual College in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, is providing free access to its Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect e-learning course for up to 360 people working with children on the islands.

The access follows a plea from the islands’ only paediatrician, Dr Helen Leonard, who until February 2010 was a paediatric consultant at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Dr Leonard is now working in the Turks and Caicos islands, a British overseas Territory some 80 miles north of Haiti, with a population of 25,000.

Leonard said: “It all sounds very glamorous, but in reality is a developing world. With the downturn in the worldwide economy, coupled with the unstable political situation here, many people have lost their jobs and there is real poverty'.

“I am the only paediatrician here - there is no money for another one. Child protection training is a huge issue, though the good news is that progress is being made and plans are in place to implement guidelines produced by Unicef, so people will have something to work with.'

Dr Leonard is looking to establish an exchange scheme between the UK and the islands’ social services and police. Already, paediatrician Dr Jan Welbury, a child protection specialist from Newcastle, has visited for two weeks (September) to help with multi-agency training.

Dr Leonard added: “There is a recognition and desire for things to change - the people I am working with are enthusiastic, warm and committed to change. This additional support from the Safeguarding Children e-Academy is fantastic. Working here can be incredibly hard, so things like this give me a massive boost and the will to keep going.”

Since 2007, the e-Academy has donated over 60,000 to a host of charities, the majority based in the UK and nominated by its growing 71-strong membership, predominantly Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

The Safeguarding Children e-Academy remains one of the UK's leading providers of child protection training courses, which are delivered via the internet through its site.

Manager, Abby Dacres said: “We are proud to see that our continuing charitable efforts are making a real difference to children, young people and their families.”
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