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This series of learning modules explores Participatory Practice, a framework that practitioners can apply to help children and young people affected by sexual violence to assert their rights and reclaim their power to create positive change in their lives and the world around them.  It calls for practitioners to focus on young people's strengths, respect young people as competent social actors and let young people take greater control over how they engage with services.  Participatory Practice can apply to one-on-one interactions, group work, organisational decision-making and activism on a local, national or international level.  

The modules include narrated presentations, video interviews with practitioners who have applied the framework in real-life situations, interactive scenarios where you can practice applying the principles yourself, surveys, review questions and a printable workbook with reflection and journaling exercises.

Welcome to this short online training course about multi-disciplinary working for addressing child abuse concerns.

This training is designed for professionals working in the field of child protection against abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation and whom may be required to work in a multidisciplinary team.  This includes:

  • Social workers
  • Child Protection Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Staff working in children’s NGOs
  • Counsellors
  • Coordinators working in the field of domestic violence
  • Staff working in residential institutions for children
  • School Psychologists
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Police Officers specialising in domestic violence or children's issues
  • Lawyers and prosecutors
  • Judges
It may also be of interest to other allied professionals for background information, such as Inspectors of Social Services and policy makers.

This course will take about 2 hours to complete, although this does not need to be done in one session and you can skip between the different pages / parts of the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for experienced child protection and care staff who already have, or who are taking on a responsibility for overseeing the work of other staff. It is expected that participants will also have a professional qualification or degree. Participants could come from a variety of agencies providing direct child protection and care services. By direct child protection and care services, we mean any agency (governmental or NGO) that directly intervenes in the lives of children and families, or provides direct care for children. Such services can be fieldwork-based or based in institutions. Fieldwork services are those which operate from an office base in a local area. Institutions can be children’s homes, disability services, detention centres - in fact any service where children are being looked after away from home.  

What will the course cover?

The course will explore what we mean by supervision, how it has an impact on practice and how to develop and maintain a supervision system in your agency. A working model of supervision will be explored and the tools needed for setting up a supervision system will be provided. Case scenarios and short video clips of supervision practice will be used to illustrate supervision practice.

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of eight sections. It is designed so that the sections build upon each other.

How long will the course take?

The course is designed so that you can work on it for short periods of time and then return at a later time to begin where you left off. So in this way, the full course will take as long as you need to take. However, for each part of the course, there will be an approximate time given at the beginning of that part, so that you know how long you will need to spend to complete each individual part.


If you complete the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.


This course has drawn heavily on the child protection supervision training pack produced by TdH Albania in association with the University of Stirling. So our grateful thanks go to Helen Whincup and Frances Patterson (University of Stirling), Theodhori Karaj, Anila Sulstarova, Izela Tahsini, Marinela Sota, Ariola Panteqi, Marjana Meshi, Alketa Lasku, Nadire Kreka and Enkelejda Kallciu (Albanian Local Experts).

In addition we are grateful for the professional input and feedback of Ms. Neli Petrova at SAPI Bulgaria, Stephanie Delaney and Shqipe Ukshini.

supporting childrens participation

The e-learning course on “supporting children’s participation” in all processes that affect them has been developed by CELCIS: Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, at the University of Strathclyde.

The authors would like to thank Daniel Lazarov, Miroslava Georgieva, Moshe Landsman, Stephanie Delaney and the SOS Children's Villages for their professional feedback to the course.

The course takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, but can and should be taken at a slower pace. 

There are three foundation modules that should all be taken, after which each learner can choose from a minimum of three practice modules in order to be eligible for a Certificate from CELCIS and ChildHub. Beyond the minimum of three practice courses the learner can choose to complete as many as they are interested in.  Each practice course covers a particular area of participation like participation of children with disabilities, children from the Roma community or children in conflict with the law. The modules take around 40 minutes each to complete.


Welcome to the ChildHub course on supporting children’s participation. This course is designed for all child care practitioners and child protection workers who want to learn more about helping children to participate in the decisions which affect them.

As frontline practitioners, we have much power in the lives of children. But how much of our decision making and advocacy is truly informed by them? This course is designed for frontline practitioners who wish to make participation a reality, no matter what the challenges are.

There is a difference between participation of children in the wider community, and participation of children in relation to individual issues which affect their individual lives. While this course will focus on how to empower children individually, it will also contribute to an understanding that participation is a wider process for which all frontline practitioners must fight.

What is the structure of the course?

The course is divided into 9 short modules which build on each other. The modules are a mixture of reading and interactive exercises, case studies, scenarios and short film clips. You will be guided through the module and at the end of each module, there is a short list of additional reading and references, if you wish to explore the topic in more detail.

There will be three FOUNDATION modules which every participant MUST complete.

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