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

3.1: Learning points

In this lesson, we have learned that child abuse can occur anywhere. In a community, an organisation or in both. Child protection, in the international context, describes the work being undertaken to strengthen laws, policies and systems, which are designed to protect children in a given country in his or her own family and community.

To prevent abuse from happening within an organisation and to appropriately respond to a safeguarding concern, an organisation needs to have child safeguarding measures in place. Child safeguarding is the responsibility that organisations have to ensure their staff, operations and programmes ‘do no harm’ to children and that any concerns the organisation has about children’s safety, within the communities in which they work, are reported to the appropriate authorities. Therefore, all organisations need to develop a child safeguarding policy and procedures.

Key learning points include:

  • Children can be abused in the community as well as in, or because of, an organisation
  • An organisation’s primary responsibility is to prevent the abuse of children within, or because of, the organisation
  • The organisation needs to have mechanisms in place to respond to abuse, or risks of abuse, that are identified in the community
  • It is hard to acknowledge the possibility or existence of abusive practices by those employed by, or partnered with, your own organisation
  • All organisations need to develop a policy and procedures to manage child safeguarding concerns.

Further learning

The future of child safeguarding
Alex Dressler
Keeping Children Safe
Time: 14:18

International issues in safeguarding in sport
Anne Tiivas
SafeSport International
Time: 26:32

Safeguarding at the Donkey Sanctuary
Helen Wilson
The Donkey Sanctuary
Time: 10:18