Child Safeguarding

1 November-12 December 2017 (E04617)Canceled
Instructor: Corinne Davey and Peter Dixon

This e-learning course aims to equip professionals who hold responsibilities for implementing child safeguarding policies within their organisations with a basic understanding of the key issues, concepts and frameworks pertaining to child protection and safeguarding. Participants will build a foundation of skills and knowledge to fulfill safeguarding and protection responsibilities within their organisation’s scope of work. This course will help build the knowledge and skills to enable them to strengthen, develop and implement protection measures to keep their organisations safe for children. Participants will start with basics, reflecting on the nature of childhood, exploring the prevalence of and effects of violence, child abuse and neglect on children and the framework of rights principles and provisions that shape the safeguarding responsibilities of agencies who come into contact with children directly or indirectly.

Whilst the primary focus of the course will be on internal child safeguarding practice this will be considered in the context of wider child protection challenges in organisations’ external environments. The course will conclude by examining the core components of child protection and safeguarding policies and their application through a range of tools.

Course structure

The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructors, webinars and assignments and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach with an emphasis on personal and professional reflection and peer to peer learning. The participants are required to work independently by reading and preparing final assignments and collaboratively by getting involved in group discussions and webinars. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to child protection and safeguarding Week 2: The child rights framework Week 3: Examining protection, risks and issues for children Week 4: Child abuse and child protection within an international context Week 5: Action planning for implementation Week 6: Child protection practices and safeguarding in organization

About the instructor: Corinne Davey

Corinne DaveyCorinne Davey is an international development consultant with expertise in child safeguarding. In 2011 she became the director of Keeping Children Safe, where she led the establishment and expansion of the organisation as an independent charitable company and redesigned Keeping Children Safe’s international standards for child safeguarding. Ms. Davey previously worked for EveryChild in a number of positions, including serving as interim regional manager for Africa and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucuses and then as interim Country Director for Cambodia. A key component of her work included reviewing what mechanisms existed for children to safely and confidently report abuse to the formal authorities, particularly in countries in Eastern Africa, and how formal authorities could strengthen their response to reports of child care and protection issues, with a particular focus on coordination between key agencies. As a consultant, Ms. Davey has evaluated funders’ child protection portfolios and advised bilateral and other funders on developing child safeguarding measures. She has also developed a range of tools and resources to support organisations on both child protection programming and child safeguarding. She recently worked with Plan International to review their work with traditional child protection mechanisms at community level and most recently has been supporting organisations working on emergency response, including safeguarding children during emergency response and implementing the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

About the instructor: Peter Dixon

instructor photo_Peter DixonPeter Dixon has been an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming since 2002 providing support and advice to national and international NGOs, and UN agencies in over 25 countries. Mr. Dixon has conducted numerous workshops on child protection and safeguarding, child rights situations analysis, child rights programming, human rights-based programming, and monitoring children's rights and has been a lead author and contributor to the development of several internal and interagency child rights programming training and resource tools including Action for the Rights of the Child. From 1994 to 2002 Peter served as Country Programme Director for Save the Children in Sri Lanka and Nepal. He has been a trainer and course instructor for HREA since 2008, including the e-learning courses Child Rights Situation Analysis and Child Rights-based Approaches (Advanced Course).

Who should apply

The course is intended for, among others, humanitarian workers, staff members of development and children's rights/social justice organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies and others who's work places them in contact with children and for whom they have safeguarding responsibilities. Participants should have a good written command of English -- the working language of the course -- and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 405 (after 15 September 2017: € 465); tuition for auditors€ 155 (€ 185 after 15 September 2017). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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This course has been canceled.

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