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

2.3: Learning points

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), child abuse is a global problem that is deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices. Some types of abuse may be so ingrained in a society that law enforcement officials turn their backs because they do not consider it abuse. This is why it is important to understand how communities maintain the use of these harmful practices. And whenever possible to suggest alternatives.

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.

Further learning

The shadow pandemic of violence against women and children
SK Jenefa Jabbar
Time: 20:42

Dynamics in cultural barriers and child safeguarding in post-conflict Northern Uganda
James Grant Opiyo
Invisible Women Uganda
Time: 17:54

The best interest of the child: practical ways of safeguarding children
Kayla Brittan
The Justice Desk
Time: 31:35