This e-learning course aims to equip professionals with a basic understanding of the key issues pertaining to child protection and safeguarding. It is designed primarily for staff who hold responsibilities for child safeguarding within their organisations and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to strengthen, develop and implement protection measures to keep their organisations safe for children. Participants will reflect on the nature of childhood and perspectives on children, explore the prevalence of and effects of violence, child abuse and neglect on children, gain an understanding of the child rights framework for child protection and safeguarding and examine the necessity for child safeguarding systems and the core components of child protection and safeguarding policies.
The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructors, webinars and assignments and is offered over a 6 week period. The course is based on a participatory active learning approach with an emphasis on personal and professional reflection and peer to peer learning. The participants are required to work independently by reading and preparing final assignments and collaboratively by getting involved in group discussions and webinars. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.
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: Child protection practices and safeguarding in organisations
Week 6: Action planning for implementation
Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575.
Tuition for auditors: US$ 215.