Child sexual abuse: a new approach to professional education
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Child sexual abuse: a new approach to professional education

Mike Walsh Reader in nursing, University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Janet Major Senior lecturer, University of Cumbria, Carlisle

Child sexual abuse is a highly emotive subject and nurses have a key role to play in caring for survivors. Educating students about this role is difficult because a conventional classroom approach does not prepare students adequately or give them sufficient insight into the experiences of victims. The Stilwell virtual simulation model is a radical new approach which aims to assist learning by immersing students in a realistic multimedia simulation of a typical community. This model allows insightful learning about difficult areas such as child sexual abuse. Its use and contribution to learning in this area are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 25, 37,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.05.25.37.35.c8519

Correspondence

mh.walsh@cumbria.ac.uk

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