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


Before you get started, to help us ensure a safe and friendly learning environment for all, please confirm you agree to the points set out below. 

We ask all participants to:

Be at least 18 years old

All participants must be over the age of 18 years. We are not able to accept any liability for people under 18 registering. 

Communicate in the language of the course

This will help us make sure everyone is included and we can respond to all comments.

Only submit your own work

Please not copy another learner’s or facilitator’s comments. If you agree with a comment, ‘like’ it instead or leave a reply. If you quote text from another source, always show where it came from, including a URL or another source reference.

Be respectful of others

This includes, but is not limited to, offensive language, name calling or content that is sexually explicit, derogatory, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic contains swearing or may in any other way cause offence.

It is never easy to know or fully understand the situation the person you’re talking to is finding themselves in. Course participants will be of different, ages, religions, and cultures, with different knowledge, and experiences to you.

Please remember that communicating through text can sometimes lead to misunderstanding, be kind and give other people the benefit of the doubt.

Discuss, do not criticise anybody personally

If a comment is believed to be offensive or libellous, we reserve the right to hide it for legal reasons. This applies to comments directed at facilitators and course contributors, as well as learners.

Do not share your personal contact details

This is for safety and privacy reasons: you don’t know who might be reading your comment and who may contact you other than the person you thought you were sharing your details with. You can, of course, give links to social networks where privacy settings can provide better protection. Please do not ask others to give you their personal details.

Be honest when taking part in quizzes and tests

We strongly encourage project collaboration, but you must not share your answers when it comes to a test. Unless of course, the facilitator /tutor asks you to do so.

Abide by the law

You must not take part in, enable or encourage unlawful or potentially harmful activities.

Be supportive and constructive when giving feedback /during discussions

All feedback should be constructive and be there to help others, rather than make them feel bad. Giving feedback is extremely valuable to the learning process.

Not share any confidential information about individuals, safeguarding concerns or organisations

If you have a concern about a child or adult at risk of harm and you don’t know what to do, please ask a course facilitator for advice.

Be aware that child abuse is a sensitive topic

Some of the exercises in this session require participants to reflect on their own childhood, children they know or about childhood and children in general. Some people may find this a painful process. It is important to be sensitive to this and to be aware of the possibility that this topic could trigger difficult feelings in ourselves and others. Please ask a course facilitator if you need support.

Not spam

It is fine to include a link to your personal website in your profile or link to other websites when asked to do so as part of your course. However, if you repeatedly post comments to promote or campaign for something, even if it is not commercial, this will be considered spam.

Help the community

If you see anybody violating the terms of conduct set out here, please let your facilitator know. You can also report assignments, feedback and participant profiles to your course facilitators at

Behaviour not in the spirit of our rules of conduct may result in a participant being removed from the course and no refund given.

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