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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