DARBY, J.A., 2006. Training in dealing with child abuse in schools : problems in evaluating course effectiveness. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 11 (4), pp. 261-271 [DOI: 10.1080/13632750601022188]
Teachers play an important part in identifying child maltreatment but find dealing with it difficult. This
study examines the problems involved with evaluating a county wide training programme on this topic for
senior teachers. The course was run 17 times and sixty per cent of the participants attending were sent an
evaluation questionnaire three months after taking part. There was a 49% response rate. It was found the
activities the participants undertook after the course were a greater reflection of the effort required than of
the effectiveness of the course. It is argued this factor should be taken into account when conducting and
interpreting any course evaluation.