Work in a Multidisciplinary Team for addressing Child Abuse Issues

- a basic orientation on theoretical and practical aspects -

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

Multidisciplinary working, sometimes also called a ‘multidisciplinary response’ is often considered an essential dimension of the systems approach to child protection. The emphasis placed on developing national child protection systems highlights the need for a more formalised and proactive attitude towards collaboration between actors.

This online training course on multidisciplinary approaches to child abuse is designed to present the theoretical and practical concepts of multidisciplinary teamwork for addressing cases of children in need of protection against abuse and violence.

This course will provide valuable information to professionals, an overview of the reasons why multidisciplinary working is recommended, what it means and how to make it more effective.

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

Modules of the course are:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Section 1: Understanding multidisciplinary working – why it is used and models
  • Section 2: Participants and roles
  • Section 3: Effective working
  • Final Quiz

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize the different models of multidisciplinary working.
  • Understand the main roles and responsibilities of actors in multidisciplinary working.
  • Identify reasons why multidisciplinary working is not always so effective, and appreciate their role in contributing to the effective implementation of the multidisciplinary approach.

It should be noted that this is a general course and participants should also consult local guidance within the country in which they are working as procedures and the legal framework varies across countries.

The course takes roughly 2 hours to complete, although it does not need to be done in one session or sequentially. It is a self-directed learning course. You will also find links to other sources of information that may be of interest. At the end of the course you will be able to download a certificate of completion, provided you have completed all sections of the course.