Augeo wants to create the greatest possible impact, and academic research within the healthcare and primary education sectors shows that we are achieving our goal.
The effectiveness of our online training courses for the healthcare sector has been researched by University Medical Centre Utrecht and the results have been published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood. The research shows that those who complete Augeo’s online course ‘Recognising the Signs’ are able to ask their patients a greater number of more effective questions aimed at identifying possible abuse, and are also better at recognising cases of abuse. In addition to this, a survey revealed that 86% of people who complete our courses feel they are now better equipped to tackle cases of child abuse and domestic violence.
A survey carried out by PI Research in 2015 into the effectiveness of Augeo’s online training products for primary-education teaching staff shows that teachers who follow our courses are better able to recognise the signs of abuse in children and take action in line with the child-abuse reporting code.
To increase the impact of our work we have concluded a number of collaborative agreements with professional associations and government ministries. One of these agreements, which was concluded with a number of organisations that represent general practitioners, requires all parties to work together to achieve a target of providing 30% of all general practitioners in the Netherlands with supplementary training on child abuse.
Augeo, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the association of ambitious primary care organisations InEen, the Dutch National Association of General Practitioners LHV and the Dutch College of General Practitioners NHG have also concluded an important agreement. They are working together on a digital alert system to be used during consultations which will prompt general practitioners to make further enquiries about any children the patient may have. The aim of the system is to ensure that general practitioners raise and discuss risk situations at an early stage and are able to identify cases of child abuse.