Child protection is the protection of children from neglect, exploitation, violence and abuse. Strengthen your approach to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children in humanitarian settings.
This course is aimed at child protection practitioners who work internationally in humanitarian settings and it is also an ideal starting point for everyone who is interested in working in the sector of child protection.
Today, at unprecedented scale, children around the world are affected by humanitarian crises. Being among the most vulnerable groups, they face grave risks to their safety and wellbeing. During humanitarian emergencies, especially those fuelled by relentless armed conflicts, violence can result in trauma, serious injury and death.
In many cases, children are at risk of violent harm from indiscriminate and targeted attacks, as well as abuses such as abduction, sexual and gender-based violence and recruitment into armed forces and belligerent groups. Effective interventions for child protection are urgently required.
In this free online course, you will learn from child protection practitioners how social environments shape a child’s adversity, development and resilience. You will gain insights how effective child protection interventions are established and learn how to critically assess different approaches of child protection.
Together with your peers you will analyse and discuss the contemporary child protection mechanisms and explore laws, policies, regulations and services required across different sectors including health, education, security, social welfare and justice to support prevention and response to protection-related risks.
In this course, you will examine how you can empower children, strengthen their resilience and foster their agency in crises situations. You will develop your own skills to engage communities to support child protection in education and find out how social norms and policies can be used to advance children’s wellbeing.
This online course, which is taught entirely in English, takes approximately 12 weeks to complete and requires a commitment of 2-3 hours per week. While the course contents are available for free, you may opt-in for a verified certification issued by Columbia University for an extra fee.
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