Available courses

Gender-based violence affecting children and youth on the move

This online course has been designed for professionals who come into contact with children and youth on the move.  The focus is on building the knowledge and capacity to prevent, identify, and respond to gender-based violence (GBV). Through the training, enrolled participants will develop greater skills and awareness of how to best support children and youth on the move who may have been exposed to or impacted by GBV, currently, while on the move, or in their country of origin.

This online course was prepared within the framework of the Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender-Based Violence Awareness in Europe (BRIDGE) project. The BRIDGE project is a two-year project implemented between 2018 and 2020 under the lead of Terre des hommes Regional Office for Europe in partnership with Arsis – Association for the Social Support of Youth (Greece), Defence for Children International – DCI Belgium, Fedasil (Belgium), Kopin (Malta), and Terre des hommes Romania.

Modules of the course are:
1. Introduction
2. Recognizing Signs of GBV
3. Responding to GBV
4. Preventing GBV
5. Practicing Self Care
6. Conclusion

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This online course was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

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Trafficking Along Migration Routes

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The following e-learning module is intended to help frontline professionals identify and refer presumed victims of human trafficking. This course will give an overview of the different types of human trafficking and will share tools to help workers identify and refer presumed victims.

Read more about this course.

The project “Trafficking along Migration Routes (TRAM): Identification and Integration of Victims of Trafficking among Vulnerable Groups and Unaccompanied Children”, funded by the European Union (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund - AMIF) and co-funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, was implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in partnership with Terre des hommes (Tdh); the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS); the Greek National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA); the Bulgarian National Commission to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB); and La Strada International (LSI).

The content of this online does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the publication lies entirely with the authors.

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The increased movement of children and families across Europe, the heightened vulnerabilities associated with this, and the variation in official and unofficial responses suggests the need for more consistent training among social workers and NGOs working with families on the move.

This e-learning module has been designed to help professionals and students understand the challenging policy and practical environments in which social workers and NGO staff must operate. It addresses the complexity of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds with a variety of needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe international policy and practice frameworks relating to children on the move and the obligations they place on the member states
  • Describe the main elements of the asylum process and reflect upon the role of professionals within this system
  • Consider and appraise the practical issues facing professionals whose role it is to assess and support families on the move
  • Understand and reflect upon the issues faced by families on the move
  • Analyse and appraise the challenges of transnational child protection work.

This e-learning module is part of a wider Erasmus+ funded project in which colleagues from the Universtiy of Tirana, New Bulgaria University, University of Prishtina, University of Bucharest, University of Belgrade, State Pedagogical University of Chisinau, in partnership with Terre des hommes and the Universities of Kent and Stirling (UK), collaboratively developed child protection modules for qualifying social work programmes in each of the partner countries.

The Erasmus+ project ran from 2015 to 2018, and identified five core modules for which we developed training and educational materials to provide consistency of content, improving quality of teaching and assessment, enhance student learning and development, and ultimately, improve outcomes for children.

This e-learning module is the product of a collaborative process that builds upon the knowledge of the project partners, social work practitioners and academics included in this Erasmus+ project. It is available as a "stand-alone" resource for universities and organisations across the world. It poses questions and provides brief, prompt answers.

 University of Bucharest University of Belgrade University of Kent University of Stirling University of Prishtina New Bulgaria University University of Tirana State Pedagogical University of Chisinau 

For further background on this subject we suggest reading:
Sarkin, J (2017). Respecting and protecting the lives of migrants and refugees: the need for a human rights approach to save lives and find missing persons. The International Journal for Human Rights. 22 (2), p 207-236


Erasmus+ programThe development of this online learning course was financially supported by the European Union's Erasmus+ program.

The following e-learning module is intended to help child-protection professionals redirect children in conflict with the law away from judicial proceedings. This course provides an overview of alternative methods for dealing with children in conflict with the law, and gives you the tools to use them in future cases.

Alternative Ways to Address Youth (AWAY) is a two-year project that was implemented between 2017–2018 by seven organizations in the European Union: Brave Phone (Croatia), Defense for Children International (Belgium), International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium), Program for the Development of the Judicial System (Bulgaria), Terre des Hommes Helvetia (Romania), and the Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILNET) (Hungary) under the coordination of Terre des Hommes Regional Office for CEE (project lead) (Hungary). The project was funded by the REC Programme of the European Commission. For more information please contact us at https://justice.childhub.org


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This course is specifically for those professionals involved with assessments of a child’s safety and wellbeing. It may also be of interest to those wanting a broader understanding of assessments and how they support other efforts to protect children.

It is worth noting that some organizations and countries use other words to denote ‘assessment’, such as: ‘social report’, ‘social enquiry’ or ‘case study’.

 

Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants should:

  • Recognise the value of making an assessment, and the different types of assessments that may be carried out in connection with chid protection
  • Understand the ethical considerations that need to be ensured throughout the assessment process
  • Identify ways of promoting the meaningful participation of children and families
  • Know the four key steps in an assessment process
  • Identify the appropriate sources of information on which to base an assessment
  • Be able to identify risk factors, strengths and protective factors
  • Be able to Identify the main forms of abuse, symptoms and manifestations
  • Appreciate the links between risk and vulnerability in terms of managing risk
  • Understand the importance of analysing information, and have a model for doing so in a structured way.

This course is comprised of SIX modules which can be completed at your own pace; you do not need to complete all six modules at one time. After completing the modules you can take a short test that if you successfully complete, will allow you to receive a downloadable certificate of completion of the course. 

The six modules are:

Module 1: Introduction to Assessment
Module 2: Steps in the Assessment Process
Module 3: Dimensions to be Assessed
Module 4: Understanding & Assessing risk
Module 5: Analysing Information
Module 6: Skills for Assessment

Each module is self-directed using a variety of exercises, such as quizzes and case studies.  Links are provided for additional information and resources. In total, the course should take approximately 6–8 hours to complete.


PLEASE NOTE: When taking these modules, it is important that you complete every task fully. All links must be followed, and actions must be undertaken. If you miss some items, the module will not be marked as complete.





This series of learning modules explores Participatory Practice, a framework that practitioners can apply to help children and young people affected by sexual violence assert their rights and reclaim their power to create positive change in their lives and in the world around them. It calls for practitioners to focus on young people's strengths, to respect young people as competent social actors, and to 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 to practice applying the principles yourself, surveys, review questions, and a printable workbook for reflection and journaling exercises.

Welcome to this online training course on multidisciplinary approaches to child abuse.

This training is designed for professionals working in multidisciplinary teams within the field of child protection against abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. 

Such professionals may include:

  • 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

This course may also provide valuable background information to other allies, such as inspectors of social services and policy.

The course take roughly two hours to complete, although it does not need to be done in one session or sequentially.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for experienced child-protection and care staff who currently, or who will, oversee the work of other staff members. Participants should have a professional qualification or degree, and a background in one of the various agencies providing direct child-protection and care services. By direct child-protection and care services, we refer to 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 a locally-based office. Institutions can be children’s homes, disability services, detention centres – any service where children are being looked after away from home.  

What will the course cover?

The course will look at 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 as illustrations.

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of eight modules that build upon each other.

How long will the course take?

The course has been designed to allow for breaks and reflections; you can work on individual modules for a short period of time, take a break, and return to the course later. Thus, the full course will take as long as you need. However, each module begins with the estimated time it will take you to complete that part of the course.

Certification

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

Acknowledgements

This course has drawn heavily on the child protection supervision training pack produced by TdH Albania in association with the University of Stirling. We would like to offer our grateful thanks 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).

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


supporting childrens participation


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.

FOUNDATION MODULE ONE: Introducing participation

 

This basic starter module will help you to think about what we mean by children’s participation and why it is so important.

 

 

 

 

FOUNDATION MODULE TWO: The importance of values and attitudes in promoting children’s participation

 

 

This module will help you to examine the crucial values and attitudes which must underpin practice when encouraging children’s participation. Enabling participation means that you need to have the correct attitude and values underpinning your work. This module helps you to revisit some of these and introduces some highly relevant concepts which will assist meaningful participation.

 

FOUNDATION MODULE THREE: Practice skills for participation

 

This module will focus on the key skills which you need to implement to ensure that you can communicate well with children and encourage participation. These practical hints and tips will look at the real ways in which you should relate to children and their families, underpinned by the principles of psychosocial practice.

 

Once you have completed the three foundation modules, you will then be able to choose from six PRACTICE modules. 

You can choose to do as many of these practice modules as you wish, but you must complete at least four of the practice modules to be awarded the certificate.  The first five practice modules will look at different groups of children for whom participation could be a problem. The final practice module will be about working with parents. Each of these modules will look at why participation for this particular group is problematic.  They will also examine some tools and strategies for practice. You can work your way through each module or you can access a particular module depending on if you are working with a child from that group at the moment. The practice modules are

1: Working with children with disabilities

2: Children in conflict with the law

3: Children in institutions

4: Children affected by mental ill health

5: Working with Roma children

6: Working with parents

If you complete the three foundation modules and four of the six practice modules, 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.

 

 


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