|Hampshire County Council uses Virtual Reality training for child care|
Virtual Reality child care training used by Hampshire County Council
Virtual Reality is helping foster caregivers in Hampshire better understand how young people experience trauma.
County council employees are using headsets to receive 3D virtual reality training, putting them in simulated scenarios with vulnerable children, writes David George of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
It is hoped that this pioneering approach will help to understand the effects of trauma on young people, triggering issues of child abuse and domestic abuse, mental illness and substance abuse.
The plan, run by VR company Antser, continues last year’s pilot promotion, with youth offensive teams, safety teams, and more.
Jack Slaymaker has been impressed by the HCC’s post-approval training leadership-promoting effect.
He said: “The Fostering Hampshire children’s team has been using this training for almost a year. The training places caregivers in a variety of scenarios, allowing them to feel and experience each of these from the child’s point of view.
“It is a very powerful experience for caregivers to help strengthen their understanding of how children behave and how to develop strong attachments.
“Truly putting caregivers in the young person’s shoes allows them to connect with the situation and the individual child’s experience, and allows them to feel it on a deeper level – reinforcing the child-centred approach that we believe to be a child-centered approach.” Advocacy as a Service.”
A total of 48 staff members have been trained using VR technology.
According to Antsar, the introduction of 2D and 3D films within HCC’s in-house graduate trainee program has proved to be highly positive.
Chief Executive Richard Dunner said: “We are delighted that this partnership has been so successful and has been a driving force behind delivering better outcomes for our immersive VR Council and ultimately for children and youth in the county.”
Antser VR helps organizations in both the public and private sectors deal with situations such as child abuse, domestic violence and knife crime.
The company has over 30 years of experience and has previously worked with the Metropolitan Police and the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, delivering 300 training courses each year.
Source: Local Democracy Reporting Service, Advertiser and Times, Direct News 99