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Authors Institution
Ulm University Hospital, Germany
Theme
eLearning
A German web-based training curriculum "Prevention of child sexual abuse" for medical students and health professionals
Background

Health professionals frequently come into contact with or are chosen by sexually abused children as confidants whom they entrust with being able to help.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has acknowledged that current medical education is not sufficiently preparing health professionals for this complex task.

Summary of Work

Financed by the BMBF from 2011-2014 a 60 hours web-based training for medical students and health professionals concerning child protection and the prevention of child sexual abuse is being developed and evaluated.

Currently 52 medical students and 379 medical professionals are part of the approx. 3000 users of the course.

The course is composed of 20 learning units utilising texts, case studies, collaborative exercises and video interviews.


The course curriculum of the web-based training "Prevention of child sexual abuse"

Summary of Results

The training course utilises texts, case studies, collaborative exercises and video interviews. Its quality and different learning settings (online vs. blended-learning) are being evaluated using knowledge gain, self-efficacy and acceptance of abuse myths as dependant variables.

Before its start, 49% of all participants answered that they do not or rarely feel confident of knowing how to act when confronted with a case of child sexual abuse.

After participating in a quarter of the course 95% of the users (fully) agree on gaining theoretical knowledge and 64% on gaining practical knowledge on how to react competently to a case of child sexual abuse.

 

Learning approaches of the web-based training course:

Conclusion

The aim of our research project is offering an accredited, standardised and evaluated web-based training on the prevention of sexual child abuse as a resource for medical students and health professionals.

First analyses of the results show a high satisfaction of the participants with the provided learning materials and the online course itself. Thus, the E-Learning training course constitutes a good possibility for vocational education and training in the field of "prevention of sexual child abuse".

The course website:

Website www.elearning-kinderschutz.de  www.elearning-kinderschutz.de

Take-home Messages

The gap in the current medical education concerning the prevention of child sexual abuse in Germany is being closed with this web based training course.

References
  • Hoffmann U, König E, Niehues J, Seitz A, Fegert JM, Liebhardt H. (in press). Onlinekurs „Prävention von sexuellem Kindesmissbrauch“. Erste Erfahrungen und Forschungsergebnisse. Z Nervenheilkunde. Themenheft.

  • Liebhardt H, Hofer A, Hoffmann U, Kiefer M, Krauß A, Niehues J, Fegert JM. (2012). Die Angebote auf dem Bildungsmarkt. Ein Überblick. Internetbasierte Analyse des Fort- und Weiterbildungsangebots zum Thema „Sexueller Kindesmissbrauchs“. Sozialmagazin, 37:40-49.
  • Liebhardt H, König E, Hoffmann U, Niehues J, Rittmaier J, Fegert JM. (in press). Weiterbildungsbedarf im ärztlichen, psychotherapeutischen und pädagogischen Handlungsfeld im Umgang mit sexuellem Kindesmissbrauch. Ergebnisse einer deutschlandweiten Onlinebefragung. Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde. Themenheft.

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