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Marika Merits is lecturer and psychologist in Chair of Midwifery at Tallinn Health Care College since 1995. She received diploma in Special Education and Psychology in University of Tartu.  She has built different psychology Subjects in Nursing and Midwifery curricula, also she is involved in a number of international and local projects like Violence and Abuse, Improvement of Afghanistan Midwifery etc.

Abstract

Background: Violence   is   not   an   inevitable   consequence  of  the  human  condition. The  full  range of  all forms of violence against children are only now becoming  visible,  as  is  the  evidence  of  the  harm  it does. Governments are increasingly acknowledging  and enforcing  their  human  rights  obligations  to children, and  recognising  the  prevalence  and long-term impact of violence. The prevalence of violence against children in Estonia continues to be on high level. In Estonia the legal framework of intervention for police and the healthcare has been developed, but the cooperation between the institutions is weak, and therefore a victims support is too low and not effective. Necessity for common learning subject is caused by the need to offer for victims (children) the effective complete solutions, combining the healthcare and police work intervention.

Aim: To describe how students of two higher education institution learn to intervate possibilities to violence against children in interdisciplinar teamwork using simulation and e-learning methods. The emphasis is on common learning of nurse students and police students.

Design: Learning subject volume is 4 ECTS, the participating students are from Tallinn Health Care College (midwife and nurse students) and Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (security and police students). Combained course design contains: e - learning in Moodle environment  and contact learning - a theory of violence and the impact to children, the legislation in Estonia and interdisciplinar teamwork in helping target group of victims; simulation practice is build up in various cases and intervention by combining healthcare and police work. Preparation lasted for one year, as a result the common learning subject was build up.

Findings: The subject needs some improvement. A students feedback is colleceted by the questionnaire in Moodle environment and by the instant feedback in the closing seminar. The following  suggestions were brought up: to involve social workers as well victim assistance that solutions would be more effective, to add more complicated, and various cases and to improve the common part of Moodle environment. A satisfaction was expressed  that  nurse, midwife and police students will be able to share a mutually necessary information and act professionally by ensuring for victims the effective complete solutions and support. Innovation in education including shared learning on the example of the two higher education institution using e-learning and simulation by enhancing the interdisciplinar teamwork in the interventing of target group of victims.