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

Unit 4: Recognising and responding to safeguarding concerns and abuse

Welcome to Unit 4: Recognising and responding to safeguarding concerns and abuse

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 your course facilitator for this unit.

In this unit, you will focus on recognising the signs that a child is being abused and learn how to respond to what they tell you. You will build your skills and confidence in recognising situations that may put children at risk, and how to respond appropriately.

You will discover that there are challenges to responding to child abuse. Barriers of various kinds. Barriers that hinder a child from even reporting a concern. Barriers that may prevent an organisation from reporting a major child abuse incident to a partner or donor.

This unit builds especially on the earlier work you have done on values, attitudes and cultural practices.  


  • To raise awareness of local legislation and procedures for protecting children
  • To think about how different experiences, values and attitudes can influence how we recognise and respond to child abuse concerns
  • To identify the signs, indicators or clues children give us that someone is hurting or abusing them
  • To recognise the things that stop us responding to those signs
  • To recognise the many things that stop children telling when they are being abused
  • To identify the need for organisations to have written procedures to be followed when child abuse concerns are raised.