Kerryann Walsh

Kerryann Walsh

Professor in Education at Queensland University of Technology with expertise in child protection and child maltreatment prevention.

Location Brisbane, Australia


  • Children fleeing from conflict are particularly vulnerable. UNICEF and the ENDViolence initiative are doing a lot of work on this.

  • @DevayaniTumma the course will not cover all these complex issues but I hope it will refresh base knowledge. Thank you for your important work on behalf of children.

  • yes, we'll learn more about responding to disclosures in Week 2.

  • Great to hear, Rana.

  • @MA.PARAGAS I can see your dilemma. The approach depends on legislation and policy that pertains to your jurisdiction (laws about how child protection cases are handles, laws about who can share child protection and related information with whom and under what circumstances, and other privacy privacy laws relating to schools but not child protection; policies...

  • @KatherineAnderson thank you for this appropriate response. The approach does depend to some degree on jurisdictional issues.

  • Good to have you on board @MelikeTUNC

  • @PhilSwain hopefully Week 2 will allay some of these concerns.

  • Good to hear @ShahzadiRAJA - in Week 2 we will cover this.

  • Thanks for the feedback @MelindaJones

  • Yes, harmful sexual behaviour amongst children is an emerging area for study and intervention. See here:

  • Take some time to read through others comments here. People notice different things. What stood out most for you?
    Would you like to comment on someone's thinking?

  • Make sure you check out the link above to country bans on corporal punishment.

  • Thanks for sharing what is happening in your locations and countries, everyone!

  • These are important considerations @AroaP

  • Thank you @NargusBi

  • @LeighanneBowers - yes, exactly.

  • This is the case in many Western countries @StellaJ

  • It's a good question @GilesOrton . You shouldn't wait unnecessarily. When you have a "resonable suspicion" it is the time to act.

  • Thanks for sharing this, @JaneBurns. I have found a link to the resource here:

  • I have posted this one before, but I think it is worth posting again . This is a very good additional explanation.

  • @JakubGołowkin you may find some resources at End Violence are helpful for you and your teams:

  • @ChristineInman you are touching on the important role of digital spaces in children's safety. You may find some resources here are helpful:

  • Yes, @CarolaS, combinations of factors.

  • I find that revisiting this model reminds me to always consider the "big picture", and it also helps with shining a light on specific issues. There is definitely a synergy there.

  • Yes, and this can be a struggle for teachers!

  • Great to see this deep thinking @JaneBurns . Thank you for sharing this.

  • Good thinking @SilviaValentini

  • We love your positivity, @CarolaS.

  • Yes @EmmaZhong this can be one reason...

  • Think about all the factors around the child - family, community, and broader society. Let's make our influence positive!

  • Yes, again, very well said @CarolaS.

  • Exactly @DaniiarBorbiev - you've got it.

  • Yes, as Christine says above "the power of example". That example can come from us!

  • Yes @BonivieOlita but as we shall see, next, it is not the full story...

  • Yes, good thinking @JaneBurns. ACES stands for 'adverse childhood experiences'. This is a great example of the manifestation of different types of risk and protective factors in children's lives.

  • Yes, up to a point. Remember that risk and protective factors exist in different combinations. See the link to the video below :)

  • There is a really good explanation about risk and protective factors here:

  • @AuraBottega what an amazing world it would be!

  • Remember, though, that knowledgeable and caring adults around the children outside of their homes, can act as protective buffers and be a strong and enduring influence on children, their learning, and development. This is why teachers are so important.

  • Exactly, @StellaJ ! You've got it.

  • @EretiaTieei although it is not their destiny.
    If there are knowledgeable and caring adults around the children outside of their homes, these adults act as protective buffers and can also be a strong and enduring influence on children, their learning, and development.

  • It sounds as though you have knowledge and experience on your side @CarolineMachumi. Thank you for all the learning you have done. It positions you well to identify and respond in appropriate ways.

  • Yes @TraceySimonsen, thinking back it becomes clear which children may have faced these kinds of challenges although we were not aware of it at the time.

  • And providing all the support we can at the school level.

  • Creating a child safe culture at school, empowering students to participate in decisions that affect them, and developing strong, trusting and stable relationships. These are a few things we can begin with.

  • Yes, Caroline, exactly.

  • Excellent thinking @ThencyG ! Our image of the child and our ability to enact children's rights is crucial. There is much written about this in the digital space by eminent scholars in the UK such as Prof Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics, and here in Australia from Prof Amanda Third at the University of Western Sydney.

  • @EnassShkair and we hope you will, too!

  • Wonderful idea @CarolaS. Well said!

  • Yes, @JiaYinChow we can all play our part.

  • Well said @TessaTimmis

  • Yes, absolutely, @LaurahK

  • @TumainiOmari yes, exactly. We hope you will share information from your context as you progress through the course.

  • Yes, thank you, @LucieŠinálová. This is very real and prevalent. Take care as you study the course and reach out if we can help in any way.

  • Yes @AuraBottega child maltreatment is an enduring problem throughout the world. We are grateful for people like yourself who have the courage to learn more about how to prevent and respond to it.

  • Well said @SilviaValentini , we hope you will be able to share with everyone some details from your context.

  • We are glad to share our knowledge with you @RaadAbduNajiAlAbsi

  • Wonderful to see so many students undertaking the course this time. Welcome @NaziaHussain

  • A warm welcome to you @LaurahK. We hope the course is helpful to you and your colleagues in the Africa region.