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Virtual Reality Giving Social Workers, Adopters & Carers Insight into Child Abuse
The Cornerstone Project has released a new Restorative Caring pilot which enables social workers, adopters and carers to step into the shoes of a child experiencing neglect and abuse.
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There are a series of different case scenarios, ranging from how a foster carer can successfully support a child, to a child being shouted at in a rundown living room.
Not only does the VR experience allow you to see the different scenarios play out, it allows you to see how a child’s brain reacts to the different events that they are experiencing.
Sue Clifford, who has adopted 9 children over 27 years, described her experience of using the VR technology as ‘shocking’.
She explains: “It becomes much more real. You can talk about abuse, the words fall glibly off the tongue and you can kind of imagine what it might be like, but to actually experience it, it is much more real.”
Dena Charles, a senior practitioner at Bracknell Forest’s Family Placement Team, believes that the training could be valuable for students, giving them the opportunity to prepare for when they would be visiting a home where a child is at risk.
Jeanette Crotch has been a foster carer for 3 and a half years and in that time she has cared for 15 children. She talks about a particular VR experience, involving an adult man yelling at a child. She said: “Alot of us in the room were trying to pull away, that’s how realistic it felt”. Lots of people in the room were in tears, even social workers that have been social workers for 15 to 20 years. It really did strike them.”
To find out more about the virtual reality training, take a look at this YouTube video created by Community Care.