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Course E046: Child Safeguarding

5 February-18 March 2014 (E04614) | Closed 
29 October-9 December 2014 (E04614-2) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructors: Peter Dixon and Grace Kelly Hartnett

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. It 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.

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 6 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 organisations

About the instructors

Peter 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 course Child Rights Programming.

Grace Kelly Hartnett is a registered psychologist with over 25 years experience of child protection and welfare service delivery and project management in the voluntary and private sectors. Her experience includes the delivery of preventative and therapeutic services to children and parents, the development of child protection and safeguarding policies and systems, training, evaluation and research, advocacy and campaigning on children's rights and child protection. She has been involved in assisting organisations to develop child protection and safeguarding policies. Ms. Kelly Hartnett worked with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) for 17 years and has been a representative at the review of the Irish government's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has sat on the Irish Governments National Co-coordinating Childcare Committee and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform's Committee on diversity and equality in Childcare. She is a former  member of the "Stop It Now Campaign" and was a member of the Board of the Children's Rights Alliance in Ireland. Ms. Kelly Harnett is an experienced trainer on child protection and welfare and has facilitated training to both national and international audiences.

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. The maximum number of course participants is 25. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. It also possible to audit the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships or discounted rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram).


Register for this course (page opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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