Introduction
Unit 1. The Context for Children
Unit 2: Understanding child abuse
Unit 3: Understanding child safeguarding
Unit 4: Safeguarding concerns and abuse

1.2: Learning points

In this lesson, we have seen how perceptions about children and childhood change from one generation to the next, but some remain the same.

Key learning points include:

  • A community’s perception of children and childhood is influenced by powerful groups and ideas at particular times
  • Understanding children and childhood in a cultural context is crucial – you need to understand what children are experiencing in order to consider the impact of your own work or organisation and the risks that this might present
  • Our own values, beliefs and attitudes towards children will influence our ability to recognise risks and concerns and to take appropriate action in implementing our child safeguarding policy.

Further learning


A global concern: UN perspectives on child safeguarding and development
J. Connors, V. Gamba, N. Maalla M’jid
United Nations
Time: 55:00