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

4.3: Learning points

In this lesson, we have learned about the possible barriers that prevent children, adults /staff and organisations from reporting concerns and abuse.

Key learning points include:

  • Children and adults may have to overcome many barriers for child abuse concerns to receive an appropriate response
  • Many children have no-one to speak to about the abuse they are suffering
  • Often, if children do tell, they are either not believed or the person they tell is not willing, or able, to take action to safeguard them or to seek help
  • Child safeguarding policies and procedures can help to address these barriers
  • It is important to ensure that staff, children and communities feel safe and confident in making reports and, that these are responded to effectively.

Read more:

➜ Declaration on the Protection of Children from all Forms of Online Exploitation and Abuse in ASEAN by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
➜ Declaration on the Rights of Children in the Context of Migration in ASEAN by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
➜ African charter on child rights by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
➜ Strategy on the Rights of the Child by the European Union
➜ Annex to the European Union Strategy on the Rights of the Child – European and International Frameworks by the European Union

Further learning

Empowering children to stay safe!
Jaz Mann
DeafKidz International
Time: 28:02

Practicalities of implementing your child protection policy: tackling under-reporting
Gemma Barker
United World Schools
Time: 28:04

Empowering children and young people to tell someone about abuse
Phillip Doorgachurn
YMCA Australia
Time: 55:07

Factors influencing misconduct reporting
Sarah Barakat, Carolina Echegaray
Oxfam, Oxfam GB
Time: 29:52