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Child protection programme 'brilliant'

James Fleury

Safeguarding Children programme praised for helping those working with children and youth respond to child abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding Children General Manager Willow Duffy, said more than 12000 New Zealanders who work with youth had received training through the programme.

"This has increased competence and confidence in recognising and responding to child abuse and neglect."

Duffy said the promotion of early intervention was crucial.

The Nelson-based group provided a modern approach to the education of different organisations through new eLearning programmes and seminars. 

A survey of people who work with children in Christchurch showed 25 percent of respondents said they had already taken action to protect a child after participating in the programme.

All the respondents said the programme would help them protect children in the future. 

A Youth Alive Trust counsellor said the child protection training provided "solid information you could access later on". 

Alice Butler, who is operations manager for after-school and holiday care provider MASH in Christchurch, said the training was "fantastic... honestly brilliant". 

Youth Alive Trust and MASH are some of the many Christchurch organisations, which have benefited from the training programs. 

Enquire here you are interested in registering in one of Safeguarding Children's eLearning programmes or seminars.