My name is Vijay Baskar, I am the Senior Child Safeguarding Adviser at Keeping Children Safe and I am based in Chennai, India. I will be one of your course facilitators, together with Stefan and Valentina, whom you will meet in the following units.
The exercises in Unit 1 are designed to make you think about children, and childhood, in the context in which they are living or working. The lessons are structured to help you to be more child-focused, to raise awareness of the environment in which children might be living and the implications of this for child safeguarding. All the lessons in this unit require you to reflect on your own childhood, or children you know, as well as about childhood and children in general.
Focus on children and begin to examine your own attitudes and values about children and childhood – childhoods differ according to the cultural context and these differences need to be understood in order to consider the impact of our work or that of our organisation
Gain a better understanding of the children with whom we are working or whom the organisation impacts upon, the risks they might face in their communities and the way in which communities protect them
Understand that our own values, beliefs and attitudes towards children will influence our ability to recognise risks and concerns and take appropriate action in implementing our child safeguarding policy.
To acknowledge our different attitudes to children and childhood
To see the connection between our own attitudes and values about children and how they contribute to, or prevent children from being safe
To begin considering the implications for child safeguarding, the experiences of children – positive and negative – in our communities or the communities where we work.