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New NSPCC training will help musicians keep children safe

Press Releases - 09 November 2010

The NSPCC has today (9 November) launched Child Protection Awareness in Music - an online training programme for anyone teaching music to children and young people.

Child Protection Awareness in Music is the latest in the NSPCC's EduCare series of distance learning courses. It has been produced by the NSPCC and the Musicians Union, in partnership with Music Leader, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

The training programme uses short films to show a variety of good and bad practice examples, which are available to watch online . It will help anyone teaching music to children gain a better understanding of their child protection responsibilities, and avoid situations that could lead to accusations of misconduct.

NSPCC senior child protection consultant Tom Narducci said: "This is the first time an online, bespoke EduCare programme has been developed for the music sector, and the first time filmed scenarios have been incorporated into any NSPCC EduCare product.

"Through consultation with partners in the music teaching profession, we became aware that there was a gap in training and a need for everyone working in music to know how to keep children safe, whether in schools, youth groups, or teaching in the home."

Child Protection Awareness in Music covers a variety of scenarios, including handling inappropriate communications with a pupil, how to demonstrate playing techniques, dealing with a difficult group situation, and what to do about concerns a pupil may be suffering abuse or self-harming.

Tom Narducci continued: "Ultimately the NSPCC wants all music teachers, private tutors, youth workers, and anyone working in music with children and young people to complete this basic introduction to safeguarding and child protection."

For more information go to http://platinum.educare.co.uk/music

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Notes to editors:

1. Clips of the films are available to watch at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMusiciansUnion

2. Child Protection Awareness in Music is available to members of the partner organisations, priced at £15.

3. The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC's vision is to end cruelty to children. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine, the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. www.nspcc.org.uk

4. The Musician's Union was established in 1893 and represents over 30,000 musicians working in all genres of music.  As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.  More information at www.theMU.org

5. Music Leader is a support service dedicated to the professional development of UK music leaders, which aims to increase the quality, value and impact of music leadership. Music Leader is funded by Youth Music and provides services via regional networks located across the country including 1-2-1 support & guidance, training & networking opportunities and online information & resources at www.musicleader.net

6. Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. We support and develop exemplary music provision at every stage of a young person's development, whether it's the first time a mother and baby make music together, or a talented teen's debut at the Royal Albert Hall. Youth Music has transformed the landscape of musical opportunity in the UK. Since 1999, we've reached over two million children and young people through all types of music; both in and out of school. Music has the power to build confidence, broaden horizons and raise aspirations. Our music programmes allow vulnerable young people to find their way, take charge of their lives and unlock their hidden potential. For more information visit www.youthmusic.org.uk

7. ABRSM's mission is to motivate musical achievement. We aim to support the development of learners and teachers in music education worldwide and to celebrate their achievements. We do this through authoritative and internationally recognised assessments, publications, professional development support for teachers and through charitable donations. www.abrsm.org

8. EduCare are a provider of award-winning interactive distance-learning. They have been working in partnership with the NSPCC to provide groundbreaking child protection awareness training programmes for over ten years. As well as Child Protection Awareness in Music, EduCare's suite of programmes now consists of 11 NSPCC programmes (including specialist Child Protection Awareness programmes in Health, Education and Sport, Safer Recruitment and Selection, and Preventing Bullying Behaviour), as well as a number of programmes outside of the child protection field. EduCare programmes are available online and in paper format, they are written with the leading experts in the field and have been experienced by over two million learners. You can find out more about EduCare at www.educare.co.uk