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

Unit 3: Understanding child safeguarding

Welcome to Unit 3: Understanding child safeguarding

My name is Valentina Mirabolano, I am the Advocacy and Research Project Manager at Keeping Children Safe and I am based in Montevideo, Uruguay. I will be your course facilitator for this unit.

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. ‘Do no harm’ is a principle that has been applied in the humanitarian sector but can also be applied to child safeguarding in other contexts.

This principle refers to organisations’ responsibility to ‘do no harm’ or to minimise the harm they may be inadvertently be doing simply by being present. In child safeguarding terms, organisations need to ensure that their programmes, staff, partners and operations do not expose children to the risk of harm or abuse.

An overall approach to child safeguarding is rooted in understanding the risks to children from the organisation (its staff, programmes and operations) and addressing those risks with a range of measures that create child-safe organisations.

This unit will help you to understand what we mean by child safeguarding, and the responsibility of organisations to prevent risks of harm and abuse to children from its staff, associates, partners and activities.


  • To define child safeguarding and child protection
  • To understand how to start assessing child safeguarding risks within your organisation 
  • To understand the key elements of a child safeguarding framework in line with the International Child Safeguarding Standards.