The University of Kent Centre for Child Protection - Child Protection Simulations (2017)


Summary:  The award-winning simulations offer a safe way to explore child protection situations.



The University of Kent Centre for Child Protection have made available online their award-winning simulations which offer a safe way to explore child protection situations; they provide an innovative way to reflect, evaluate, practice and learn. Professionals and young people have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the simulation scenario and consider the actions of the characters. Available as CPD accredited sessions at the University (Kent, Medway, Tonbridge campuses) and London, the University can also offer discounted group sessions. Email or visit the The Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent for dates and course details. They can also be contacted on 01227 827546 to ask any questions or to discuss bespoke requirements.



 Rosie 2’ is a training tool for assessing parental capacity and neglect in complex families. The emotive characters and your growing knowledge of the family as you progress through the 13 scenes, provides a wealth of content to debate and develop your skills. Trevor is a truanting teenager, and young carer, providing an opportunity to consider the links between neglect and petty crime. Rosie is the victim of sexual abuse and the simulation enables an analysis of the consequences of this crime on her and her family.  ‘Rosie 2’ is a safe way to explore potentially unsafe situations, addressing hostility and disguised compliance, and identifying elements of concern during a home visit.




‘Visiting Elliot’ is for agencies involved in the supervision and management of offenders and is a key training tool for assessing risk. Based on a home visit to a sex offender just released on licence, it provides opportunities to identify and analyse risk factors in Elliot’s life in his home environment and through what he says.  Official documents are studied during the simulation and it can be used individually or discussed in groups. This simulation links to Trevor from ‘Rosie 2’ as Trevor’s father, recently out of prison for CSA is staying at Elliot’s flat and Trevor is in touch with him.



‘Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors’This is our new interactive social-media style simulation, a training tool on the routes to radicalisation and extremism following two storylines: Maryam (aged 15) being groomed to travel to Syria and Joe (aged 20) being groomed for right wing activism. Real life news clips from Sky news and the BBC open each scene and via their different social media pages offer the opportunity to discuss complex topics including hate crime, freedom of speech, propaganda, online grooming, far right extremism and terrorism.



‘Zak’ This interactive simulation follows Zak’s social media timeline as he leaves home to go to University.  Young people and professionals spot the signs of online grooming and radicalisation and discuss his posts and private messages. It is easy to navigate, and ideal for 1:1, large or small group discussion.



‘Looking out for Lottie’ Use this interactive social-media style simulation to follow the story of Lottie through her various social media apps. Learn, discuss and analyse the signs of grooming as Lottie becomes sexually exploited by her ‘boyfriend style’ groomer, Jake.  This simulation also provides a unique groomer perspective via Jake’s story of how he becomes a groomer. This simulation has two versions; for professionals and young people and is unique as it considers the perpetrator and the victim’s perspectives.

This simulation won the Guardian Award for digital innovation in 2016.



‘myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court’ is an interactive and immersive simulation covering aspects of private and public law, as we continue the story of Rosie who is now 11 years old. Built in partnership with Cafcass, ‘MyCourtroom’ is based on realistic scenarios designed to trigger discussions and decisions around court skills - specifically, safe practice, best practice, giving evidence, being cross examined and making assessment decisions to ensure positive outcomes for the child.



The Centre for Child Protection

University of  Kent


Kent CT2 7NF

United Kingdom

T: +44(0)1227 827546



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