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

2.2: Learning points

In this lesson, we have discussed how trying to define child abuse as a world phenomenon is difficult because of the vast cultural, religious, social /political, legal and economic differences that children experience. What may seem to be abusive in one country may be acceptable in another. In order that child safeguarding approaches make sense, it is crucial that a common understanding is reached by organisations as to what the definition of child abuse is, and in what circumstances their policy and procedures apply.

Key learning points include:

  • Children may experience many different types of abuse
  • Some kinds of child abuse are a result of cultural practices that are harmful
  • It is important to agree what is and is not a harmful cultural practice and to understand how communities maintain the use of these practices
  • Often there are no appropriate legal systems or structures to go to for help when concerns about the abuse of children arise
  • A child is anyone under the age of 18.

Further learning


Child safeguarding in alternative care

Coenraad De Beer
SOS Children’s Villages
Time: 24:44