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

Using the online forum

This exercise is designed for you to become familiar with our forum discussion tool, which we will use throughout the course. At the end of every lesson, there will be a new discussion topic to explore.

Online discussions can help you prepare for topics, share tips on good practice, discuss challenges and barriers to safeguarding, and learn from others.

To be successful, you need to translate your face-to-face discussion skills to the online environment. Remember that online discussions are first and foremost dialogues, not writing assignments. The following tips highlight key features of effective online discussion strategies, whether for discussion groups or live chats.

Please type a short post to introduce yourself and share your reasons for taking this course.

Forum tips

  1. Develop a thesis, argument, or question.
  2. Put the topic of your post in the first line. Make postings short, clear and purposeful.
  3. Encourage discussion and information sharing.
  4. Give examples… but please, remember to respect confidentiality when it comes to discussing individuals, safeguarding concerns or organisations.
  5. Try to make sure your comments add value to the conversation.

This forum is restricted to members of the associated course(s).


  • You do not have permission to view this forum.