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

Welcome to the course

A warm welcome to all participants, from Sarah Blakemore, CEO at Keeping Children Safe.

This course is an introduction to understanding child safeguarding. Over a period of four weeks, you will look at some of the realities of child safeguarding and hear first-hand experiences from our knowledgeable practitioners based around the world. You will also explore some of the tools and skills needed to work collaboratively.

This week, you will look at the context for children to help you to be more child-focused, and to raise your awareness of the environment in which children might be living and the implications of this for child safeguarding.

Next week, you will focus on child abuse – what do we understand by the term child abuse? What does it mean in our own country or in the country where we are working? How do local contexts influence how children are safeguarded?

The second half of the course will introduce child safeguarding and the International Child Safeguarding Standards, while the final unit will focus on learning how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns and abuse.

Everything you will learn in this course will help you and your organisation put the rights and safety of children at the heart of all you do.

What happens next?

Use the navigation menu, on the left of your screen, or the ‘Lesson Content‘ table below, to progress through all the topics of ‘Welcome to the course‘. You will first see ‘Declaration‘ – a page about the course terms and conditions – then some introductory exercises to help familiarise yourself with the collaboration tools we use. Mark each topic as complete to move to the next one. Once this welcome section has been completed, you will move on to the course itself, starting with Unit 1: The Context for Children.