Do you want to learn about child protection through a child-centered systems approach to prevention and response? Then our new online course may be for you.
The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB) is delighted to announce the launch of a new free online course: “Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice” in cooperation with Harvard’s online initiative, HarvardX.
The course is currently open for enrollment, with content posted by January 16, 2019. Enrollment will continue after that date. The eleven-week, self-paced course invites learners with interest in deepening their knowledge about protecting child rights. Those seeking technical training in child protection or engaged in work with and for children are especially encouraged to enroll. A certificate is available after completion of course work for a small fee.
Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research for Harvard FXB and Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, leads the course, with assistance from several other experts. The course draws on case studies from over 15 countries and offers an opportunity for students to interact with a global community of learners. Together, participants will master a child-centered approach to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, and abuse against children.
We invite you to join us to be the first to benefit from this important course.
An excerpt from the course description follows:
Learn how to protect children from violence, exploitation, and neglect through law, policy, and practice in a human rights framework.
Across the world, children are at risk from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Conflict and natural disasters have forced millions to flee their homes and confront the dangers of migration and displacement. Commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, child labor, and child marriage are problems in many countries. At-risk children and adolescents need their rights enforced if we are to protect them from harm and to ensure that they develop to their full potential.
In this course, you will learn about the causes and consequences of child protection failures. You will consider the strategies, international laws, standards, and resources required to protect all children. You will be able to link legal frameworks and child rights approaches to the work of policymakers, lawyers, health workers, educators, law enforcement, and social workers. Learners will come to understand how they can ensure the protection of children and apply child protection strategies to their own work.
What you’ll learn
- The origins of child protection in international human rights law
- How to analyze global child protection issues and the diversity of actors involved in child protection
- The impact of violence, exploitation, and abuse (VEA) on children’s emotional, social and physical development and strategies for preventing and responding to these harms
- The standards of protection for children in conflict or in contact with the law
- How to assess and strengthen a child protection system
Read an earlier update on Harvard FXB’s child protection pedagogy:
Harvard FXB Child Protection Curricula: Harvard Credentials with Heart