NSPCC helping to protect children in media with new training course

NSPCC Wales and training provider Cyfle develop and deliver a brand new course to help media industry professionals safeguard children

The safety of children involved or working in the media and entertainment industry has been brought into sharp focus by sexual abuse cases involving Jimmy Savile, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris, to name a few. Our new course is a  step forward in making sure that children are no longer vulnerable to such abuse.

The course - 'Working safely with children in the media' - is the very first course of its kind, incorporating NSPCC training on child protection, along with media industry regulations on working with children and young people. The one day course uses real life, media specific case scenarios to help people in the industry play their part in safeguarding children from abuse. The course has been delivered in Cardiff, Llanelli and Caernarfon, and has been attended by TV production companies from across Wales.

"This is the first and only course of its kind being offered in the UK, that brings the media industry and the NSPCC together and we urge the media industry to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that staff in companies and organisations are properly trained to deal with situations as and when they arise."
Chris Cloke / Child Protection Professionals Expert

Angharad Garlick, head of department at Boom Cymru, a production company specialising in children’s programmes, attended the very first course in Cardiff. She said:
"We attend courses every year but they tend to concentrate more on procedures. This course is different in that it presented us with scenarios which we could relate to and issues that could come up during our work, and encouraged us to think about how to address those issues".

Sue Jeffries - Chief Executive of CyfleSue Jeffries, Chief Executive of Cyfle, added:
"Having the NSPCC stamp of approval on this course is fantastic both for us at Cyfle, as well as for the industry as a whole. We are also grateful to S4C who have funded these initial courses, which has never been more relevant in light of recent revelations.

"We look forward to developing this initiative further with the NSPCC and the media and entertainment industry in 2015."


You can find out more about the course on Cyfle's website: Working safely with children in the media