This e-learning course aims to equip professionals who hold responsibilities for implementing child safeguarding policies within their organisations with a basic understanding of the key issues, concepts and frameworks pertaining to child protection and safeguarding. It will help build the knowledge and skills to enable them to strengthen, develop and implement protection measures to keep their organisations safe for children.
Participants will start with basics, reflecting on the nature of childhood, exploring the prevalence of and effects of violence, child abuse and neglect on children and the framework of rights principles and provisions that shape the safeguarding responsibilities of agencies that come into contact with children directly or indirectly. Whilst the primary focus of the course will be on internal child safeguarding practice this will be considered in the context of wider child protection challenges in organisations' external environments. The course will conclude by examining the core components of child protection and safeguarding policies and their application through a range of tools.
The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, online working groups, interaction with students and instructors, webinars and assignments and is offered over a 6 week period. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.
Week 1: Introduction to child protection and safeguarding
Week 2: The child rights framework
Week 3: Examining protection, risks and issues for children
Week 4: Child abuse and child protection within an international context
Week 5: Action planning for implementation
Week 6: Child protection practices and safeguarding in organisations