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:
2. Recognizing Signs of GBV
3. Responding to GBV
4. Preventing GBV
5. Practicing Self Care
This online course was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)
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.
In recent years, European Union countries have seen an unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees across their borders. In 2015 alone, 1,046,599 people irregularly entered EU countries - mainly Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani migrants and refugees fleeing conflicts in their home countries.
For people working in law enforcement, social services, border control and other frontline positions, this situation has been overwhelming. There are simply too many procedures to carry out to process incoming migrants and not enough time.
As a result, many problems that we would normally consider emergencies go unnoticed among migrant and refugee populations, including health problems, safety risks, child safeguarding issues, criminal activities and human trafficking.
In this course, we will focus specifically on the problem of human trafficking among migrant and refugee populations, and what frontline responders can do to quickly and effectively identify and refer presumed victims of trafficking - and prevent abuse.
This course is divided into a number of micro-learning modules designed to be completed in one sitting. If you are new to this subject, we recommend completing the modules in sequence. Otherwise, you may view them in any order you wish and return to them as needed for reference.
- Human Trafficking and Migration
- Types of Trafficking and Related Issues
- how to Identify Presumed Victims of Trafficking
- How to refer presumed victims of trafficking
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.
- 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.
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
The 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.
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’.
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
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
- Staff working in children’s NGOs
- Coordinators working in the field of domestic violence
- Staff working in residential institutions for children
- School Psychologists
- Doctors and Nurses
- Police Officers specialising in domestic violence or children's issues
- Lawyers and prosecutors
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the ChildHub course on supporting children’s participation. This course is designed for child care practitioners and child protection workers who want to learn more about helping children to participate in the decisions which affect them.
As front-line practitioners, we have a great deal of influence in the lives of children. But how much of our decision making and advocacy is truly informed by them? This course is designed for front-line practitioners who wish to make participation a reality, no matter what the challenges.
There is a difference between participation of children in the wider community, and participation of children in relation to individual issues which affect their 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 front-line practitioners must fight.
What is the structure of the course?
The course is divided into 9 short modules which build upon each other. The modules are a mixture of reading and interactive exercises, case studies, scenarios, and short film clips. 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. In order to be eligible for a Certificate from CELCIS and ChildHub, the student should complete three foundation modules, followed by a minimum of three practice modules (however, the student can choose to complete as many as they are interested in). Each practice course covers a particular area of participation, such as participation of children with disabilities, children from the Roma community or children in conflict with the law.
Each module takes around 40 minutes to complete. The entire course takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, but can and should be taken at a slower pace.
The e-learning course on supporting children’s participation in all of the processes that affect them has been developed by the Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), 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.