Videos Resources for Child Protection Training

In June 2012, the NSPCC reported a rise in the number of telephone calls to its helpline to report child protection issues. The charity handled 12,000 calls about neglect between April 2011 and March 2012 – double that received in 2009/10. 71% of these calls were referred onto the police and social services. Could this be a reflection of increased awareness of child protection issues in the past few years, or a sign of neglect being on the increase?

Child protection facts and figures:

  • The Home Office reports that on average at least one child a week is killed by another person in England and Wales. Babies are most at risk, according to the NSPCC.
  • Neglect is the most common form of abuse. A survey of local authorities in 2010 showed that the number of children reported to social workers for abuse or neglect had grown 52% in the previous 3 years. (Association of Directors of Children's Services Sept 2010)
  • The NSPCC believes that 46,000 children are at risk of abuse.

Child protection does not concern just abuse and neglect, there are other serious issues facing children, such as living in care homes, waiting for adoption and acting as young carers.

There are several BBC series which are well-suited for child protection training. BBC programmes can be shown publicly for use in education and training with a licence from BBC Active. Video resources are engaging and help students to visualise scenarios and bring events to life. Training using video is often more memorable.

The following videos from the BBC are ideal for child protection training for anyone who comes into contact with children through their work:

Protecting Our Children

Protecting our children BBC series

This programme follows the frontline of Bristol’s child protection team over the course of a year. Protecting Our Children is a three-part documentary series revealing the help that social workers provide to families struggling to look after their children.

Production crews received access to families and their homes as social workers visited them, trying to make improvements to the children’s lives. Protecting our Children offers an inside look at the opinions and feelings of the social workers themselves. Some of the decisions that child protection teams are forced to make are very difficult, and this programme highlights the processes and procedures that are required before action is taken.

Protecting Our Children also looks at the way social workers are perceived following the high profile child abuse cases over the past few years. Some social workers now believe they are considered to be “interfering homewreckers or incompetent do-gooders” and feel ashamed to admit what they do to family and friends.

These are real-life examples of social work in the present day. This series makes an ideal educational tool for child protection training.

Episodes from the BBC series Protecting Our Children:

Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don't
This first episode in the Protecting Our Children series follows newly qualified social worker Susanne in the case of a three-year-old boy with learning difficulties. She describes the steep learning curve she has gone through in the first year of her work, something that a textbook does not prepare you for.

Expecting Trouble
This episode sees a social worker trying to assess the suitability as parents of a couple awaiting the birth of their baby. The problem is that she requires 2 security guards to support her when she visits them…

The social worker is forced to decide the best course of action for the protection of the baby – and we see the difficulties she goes through and skills she calls upon to make this decision.

I Want My Baby Back
This episode of Protecting Our Children looks at 3 different cases and the fine balance which exists when making the decision whether to allow a baby to stay with its family, and when it is better to remove the child into local authority care.

Home for Maisie

Home for Maisie - Child Protection training video

In Home for Maisie we meet an eight-year-old girl looking for a forever family, after 2 failed adoptions. This BBC documentary looks at the couple who want to provide a loving home for Maisie, Jim and Sue, experts in parenting children affected by abuse and neglect having already adopted 8 other children.

We see the two sides to Maisie’s personality: the adorable, interesting, bright, pretty child looking for a family of her own, and the child damaged by years of abuse who subjects her new family to tantrums which last up to 6 hours. She demonstrates violence towards her new parents, and sometimes has to be restrained. Maisie is Jim and Sue’s biggest challenge yet, and if this attempt at adoption fails Maisie looks set for life in care.

Home for Maisie examines the challenges of adopting a child like Maisie and the help available in the form of a therapy programme offered by an organisation which provides adoption support.

Looking After Mum

Looking After Mum  - Child Protection training video

There are an estimated 175,000 young carers in the UK. Looking After Mum is a one-hour documentary about teenagers Melissa and Ryan who have the responsibility of looking after their mum who suffers from physical and mental problems. This programme highlights the plight of Britain’s young carers who mix housework with schoolwork. Their mum’s health is gradually deteriorating but with no help from the State how will these children move on with their lives?

Neil Morrissey - Care Home Kid

Care Home Kid  - Child Protection

Care Home Kid explores Neil Morrissey’s childhood, spent in care from the age of 10 after getting into trouble with the police. Thirty years on he journeys back into his childhood to investigate the reasons why he was taken into care, and whether separating him from his family was justified and effective.

There are nearly 90,000 children in care in the UK. In this documentary Neil confronts his past and talks about the conditions he was brought up in. He also tracks down some of the care home kids he grew up with and finds out how being brought up in care has affected them. In this programme, he takes a look at how much has changed in child protection over the past 30 years.

Episodes from the BBC series Care Home Kid:

Care Home Kid - Episode 1
In this first episode Neil looks back at his childhood in care, taking a trip back to the children’s homes he lived in. He meets up with his two brothers and they go back to their old home in Stafford to share memories. He admits that they misbehaved as youngsters but questions whether taking him and his brother away from his family was the best course of action.

Care Home Kid - Episode 2
In this episode of Care Home Kid, Neil investigates what happens to children upon leaving care. Neil was one of the lucky ones in that he was taken in by the family of a school friend when his time in care came to an end. He used this opportunity to train as an actor.

He compares the lives of the 60,000 children in foster care in the UK with his experience 30 years ago.

These video resources are ideal for child protection training. With a licence from BBC Active you can use these videos for educational purposes, or for exhibitions and seminars. More information about BBC Active Video for Learning.

Take a look at our Mental Health Videos for Education article.