Virtual College is to work in partnership with Arabian Child to deliver innovative online child safeguarding training in the Middle East.
The partnership will help support a new initiative in the United Arab Emirates making child protection training mandatory for individuals who work with children. UAE’s new child protection law applies to all children up to the age of 18 and will mean teachers will be on the front line in the crackdown on child abuse.
Arabian Child is recognised as the pioneer in the early childhood education sector in the UAE. Since its inception, Arabian Child has been working to improve the quality of early childhood education by training and supporting early childhood professionals, policy makers and other professionals. 
Virtual College is an expert in online training and won the prestigious ‘learning technologies supplier of the year’ 2016/17. The UK's number one provider of online safeguarding solutions, it first started developing online safeguarding learning resources in 2006 to provide a cost effective route to accelerate education and training around awareness of child abuse.
It has gone on to deliver safeguarding and child protection training to more than one million people and works closely with over 60 Local Safeguarding Children Boards in the UK, the statutory agencies responsible for child protection at the local level and provides e-learning courses to individuals, charities, schools, hospitals, private businesses, the police and local government.
Virtual College has developed over 40 safeguarding and child protection courses that range from ‘Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect’ to ‘Children’s and Young People’s Development’.

Mrs Samia Kazi, CEO of Arabian Child, commented:”We are pleased to be able to tap into the learning technology and child protection expertise Virtual College has developed over a long period. This innovative solution will help us deliver effective, economical training rapidly to a large group of learners.”

Arabian Child serves all countries in the Middle East - KSA, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait - supporting quality improvement of early childhood by integrating the international best practices and programs with the local culture and heritage.

Hannah Bridle, Director at Virtual College, commented: “There is real synergy in our partnership with Arabian Child and we look forward to using our complementary skills and experience to deliver effective online child safeguarding training in the UAE.”

Virtual College

Virtual College won the prestigious ‘learning technologies supplier of the year’ 2016/17 in the independently-judged global awards. Virtual College has also been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.  Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.
Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 2.6 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,500 a day, across both public and private sectors.
The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service. 

Arabian Child 

Arabian Child provides consultancy, advisory and training services in all aspects of child education, care and protection at individual and organizational level.
Since its inception, Arabian Child has been working arduously to improve the quality of early childhood education and care by defining standards for childcare practices, empowering professionals through training and qualification Programs, and collaborating with early childhood professionals, policy makers, government authorities and other practitioners. The Arabian Child Childcare Practitioner Qualifications and Training Program includes diplomas, certificates and workshop-based courses which are fully accredited and endorsed by national and international organizations. Arabian Child is a centre of excellence for child protection training and the first international partner of the Council for Professional Recognition, Washington, DC, USA.