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‘Teachers matter’: the impact of mandatory reporting on teacher education in Ireland
Bourke, Ashling; Maunsell, Catherine
The role of teachers in safeguarding the welfare of children is long acknowledged. However, recent research in Ireland found that the training provided to teachers on child protection issues was lacking (Buckley and McGarry, 2011). The frequent interactions teachers have with children and their expertise in terms of typical child development place them in an ideal position for identifying possible signs of abuse. Yet despite this advantage, research indicates that schools fail to report a substantial proportion of suspected child abuse cases (Kenny, 2004). The oft cited reasons for this may be conceptualised as; explicit reasons such as, a lack of knowledge about child abuse issues; and implicit reasons such as, the individual teachers’ belief system about abuse. The current paper discusses implicit as well as explicit obstacles to teachers’ ‘engagement’ with, and consequent barriers to their responding to, child protection issues. The current changes in initial teacher education and the introduction of mandatory reporting for professionals in Ireland, is an opportune time to raise this issue and the need for holistic education in child protection for teachers.
Keyword(s): Education; Teaching; child abuse; child protection; teacher education; mandatory reporting; implicit beliefs
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Bourke, Ashling and Maunsell, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0001-7512-1403 <> (2015) ‘Teachers matter’: the impact of mandatory reporting on teacher education in Ireland. Child Abuse Review, 25 (4). pp. 314-324. ISSN 0952-9136
Publisher(s): John Wiley & Sons
File Format(s): application/pdf
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First Indexed: 2020-09-04 07:01:41 Last Updated: 2020-09-04 07:01:41