Child Protection for Teachers

Learn how to identify and report signs of child abuse and neglect with this child protection course for educators.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 1 hour
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Learn how teachers can identify the warning signs of child abuse and neglect

Teachers in many countries are required by law to report child abuse and neglect. Some nations are on the cusp of introducing mandatory reporting or have policy-based duties for reporting.

All teachers would benefit from child protection training, increasing their awareness and understanding of their roles in safeguarding children.

On this course, you will examine how to recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect, and learn how maltreatment impacts on children’s learning and development. You will also come to understand your role as a reporter of abuse and neglect.

What topics will you cover?

  • The warning signs and indicators of different types of child abuse and neglect
  • The roles of teachers and other professionals in recognising and reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect
  • Key elements of child protection legislation and policy
  • Characteristics of effective school-based prevention programs

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the warning signs and indicators of child abuse and neglect subtypes.
  • Describe the key elements of child protection legislation and policy relevant to your school context.
  • Assess where child abuse and neglect prevention fits within school curriculum, and become familiar with the most effective pedagogies for implementing prevention initiatives.
  • Reflect on your role as a mandatory reporter and staff member in a child-safe organisation.

Who is the course for?

This child protection course is designed for teaching staff and education leaders who want to improve their professional practice. It may also be of interest to student support staff, including teacher aides, school counsellors, chaplains, etc.

Who will you learn with?

Kerryann Walsh

Kerryann Walsh

Professor in the Faculty of Education at QUT, leader of the QUT Childhoods in Changing Contexts (CCC) research group, and Senior Researcher in the QUT Childhood Adversity Research Group.

Who developed the course?

Queensland University of Technology

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide by the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts over 50,000 students.

  • Established1989
  • LocationBrisbane, Australia
  • World rankingTop 180Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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