NSPCC among charities turning to gaming tech to bolster service delivery

The NSPCC has ramped up its online service delivery by linking up with gamification specialists, to create an “immersive simulation” for children's professionals to help tackle child abuse.

The children’s charity is working with gamified simulation training provider Attensi to launch Talk to Me, a free to use online simulation to help adults working with children to better support young victims of abuse.

The aim is to help adults who support children to build their confidence to talk to children about challenging subjects like abuse.

The simulation is free to use and can be accessed through web browers.

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “For anyone who comes into contact with young people who they fear may have suffered abuse or be at risk, learning how to build their trust is absolutely vital.

“As part of our wider activity aimed at supporting those who work or volunteer with children, we’re delighted to offer our safeguarding research and experience to collaborate with Attensi on ‘Talk to Me’.”

This is the latest use of virtual reality and gaming simulations by charities to improve their training, fundraising and service delivery.

Last year Acorns Children’s Hospice was among charities to use 360 degree camera technology to offer young patients and their families a virtual tour of their services.

Meanwhile, social enterprise Cornerstone has been using virtual reality training in a number of areas of the care sector to offer professionals an immersive experience of the challenging and potentially harrowing experiences beneficiaries face.

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