Learn how to protect children from violence, exploitation and trauma in free online courses from top universities such as Harvard, Geneva, Minnesota and Strathclyde. All courses are free to audit. You can opt-in for a verified certificate for an extra fee.
Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction
Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction is an online course offered by the University of Geneva. The course is ideal for anyone who is interested in protecting the rights of children from individuals with no knowledge of the topic to those already working in the field. The course lasts for 7 weeks and covers a variety of topics through online lectures and supplemental readings. These include International standards and monitoring systems, the history of children’s rights in the context of human rights, interdisciplinary children’s rights studies, juvenile justice, violence against children, children’s right to participation and children’s right to global health.
Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice
Learn how to protect children from violence, exploitation, and neglect through law, policy, and practice in a human rights framework. In this course offered by Harvard University you will learn about the foundations of child protection in international human rights law, you will identify child protection issues around the world, and you will explore the severe impact violence and exploitation have on the development of children. You will also discover strategies to prevent these harms and learn how you can strengthen the child protection system.
Caring for Vulnerable Children
Caring for Vulnerable Children is a free online course offered by the University of Strathclyde. Individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in children’s services, who are newly employed in the field or wish to continue their education on the subject can benefit from the class. The course lasts for 6 weeks and is presented through online videos and supplemental readings. Students should expect to spend 4 hours on the course material each week in order to ensure success. Through the lectures and readings, students will learn what risk and vulnerability means and discover best practices for caring for children who are at risk and vulnerable.
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action is a free online course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. To be successful in the six-week course, students will need to spend four hours per week watching video lectures and completing supplemental readings and assignments. The course covers the life cycle from birth to adulthood and discusses how health care needs evolve as individuals grow older. In addition, the class discusses different perspectives on maternal and child health and gives students a chance to analyze case studies from around the world.
Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War
Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives is a free online course offered by the University of Minnesota. The class lasts for six weeks and is presented through online video lectures and supplemental reading assignments. Roughly three to five hours of study time is required per week for success in the course. The class is ideal for anyone who works with children and can be used for continuing education credit for a number of professions. During the class, students will learn how educators and professionals can help children recover from extreme trauma due to natural disasters and war.