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‘Rosie 2’ A Child Protection Simulation: Perspectives on Neglect and the ‘Unconscious At Work'

Reeves, Jane, Drew, Isobel, Shemmings, David, Ferguson, Heather J. (2015) ‘Rosie 2’ A Child Protection Simulation: Perspectives on Neglect and the ‘Unconscious At Work'. Child Abuse Review, 24 (5). pp. 346-364. ISSN 0952-9136. E-ISSN 1099-0852. (doi:10.1002/car.2362) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:51949)

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Neglect is the most common category for abuse of children under one. It is prevalent in large families; where there is a mother with low self-esteem and frequent changes of partner. Because neglect is difficult to work with, the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent has developed a child protection simulation – ‘Rosie 2’ – which is designed to train child protection professionals. It follows a social worker and health visitor on a virtual home visit to a family where neglect is a significant concern, and offers a safe opportunity to explore practice options. A small-scale research project has been conducted whereby highly sensitive eye tracker technology and facial recognition software were used to examine the emotional responses exhibited by social workers and health visitors during this ‘virtual visit’. The results indicate that the prevailing emotion exhibited by the professional group showed a ‘neutral’ response. There were significant differences between the groups, with health visitors displaying more sadness, and social workers demonstrating greater surprise and disgust. The article discusses these findings in the context of debates on compassion fatigue and emotional response within child protection. We conclude by discussing how the findings can enhance professionals' supervision.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/car.2362
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Jane Reeves
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 14:02 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:30 UTC
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