The Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights offers Harvard graduate students the opportunity to obtain a certificate in child protection. This interdisciplinary qualification is open to students from any Harvard graduate school.
Child protection work aims to prevent, respond to, and resolve abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence experienced by children in domestic and international settings. It requires an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach that encompasses work in health, education, social service, public policy, and law enforcement to advance the protection of children and involves collaborating with a wide range of partners across government and within civil society, communities, and families.
The certificate program incorporates ongoing child protection research and practice grounded in field-based realities and takes into account the expertise of UNICEF, a university-wide faculty steering committee, and external child protection experts.
With this comprehensive graduate-level training, certificate recipients will be better equipped to:
- Identify relevant social, economic, legal, and cultural issues affecting the protection of children,
- Build a stronger child protection evidence base by engaging in more rigorous research, monitoring, evaluation, and use of data,
- Understand the multiple interactions at policy, community, family, and individual levels needed to create a protective environment for children,
- Gain the competencies to develop the cross-sectoral partnerships necessary to a holistic child protection system.
Note: Information and application forms for the 2019-2020 academic year will be posted in the summer.
Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found here. Please be aware that some courses may change as the 2018-2019 academic calendar becomes finalized; we also anticipate adding some new qualifying courses. However, the information below should provide prospective participants an overview of the program and can be used for the statement of intent and your planning purposes.
Take a look at the 2018-2019 brochure for the Child Protection Certificate Program for Harvard graduate students.
The CPC Curriculum
The curriculum is composed of courses selected from across Harvard’s graduate programs and covers five domains of child protection:
A. CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEMS
- Law and Policy
- Systems Capacity and Integration
- Birth Registration
B. VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
- Protection from Violence, Exploitation, Abuse, Neglect
- Protection in Emergencies
- Impact of Violence on Children
C. JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN
- Children in Conflict with the Law: Detention/Diversion
- Children in Contact with the Law: Family Court; Foster Care; Criminal Witness
D. SOCIAL CHANGE/ FAMILY STRENGTHENING
- Social Protection
- Social Inclusion/Non-Discrimination
- Cultural and Social Norms/Social Change
E. CHILD PROTECTION LEADERSHIP TOOLS
Child Protection Certificate Requirements
Participation in a one-semester, non-credit child protection seminar.
The mandatory seminar will be offered in the spring 2019 semester. It will enable candidates to consolidate their understanding of the child protection field in both the domestic and international arenas through exchange with invited expert speakers and mentorship by senior child protection practitioners. Students will be encouraged to share their own child protection research and experience and engage with their peers.
Completion of 12 credits selected from CPC course offerings in at least three of the curriculum’s five domains.
The child protection foundational courses count as one of the domains required to qualify for the certificate.
CPC Application and Approval Process
Application: Program candidates are required to complete a short application, consisting of an essay and a proposed list of qualifying CPC courses.
Applications will be reviewed by the FXB Child Protection Certificate Program Director, in consultation with the faculty steering committee. The program has an annual limit of 30 students. We are accepting applications now and will notify applicants of their status at the beginning of the semester.
Approval: Prior to graduation, candidates will submit an approval request, detailing their completion of the requirements and providing a statement assessing their program of study. The program director and committee will review these requests against the student’s transcripts. Approved candidates will be invited to attend the program’s annual spring awards ceremony, where they will receive their certificates, successfully marking completion of the program.
Child Protection Certificate Program Courses
(for 2018-2019, updated as more information is available for 2018-2019; note that the direct links to each course work best with Harvard log-in)
Foundational Courses: Covering Three or More Child Protection Domains
GHP 553: Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection (also offered as IGA 342M) | Jacqueline Bhabha
A. Child Protection Systems
SBS222: Social Services for Children, Adolescent & Families | Peter Maramaldi and Dana Prescott
HLS 2011: Art of Social Change* | Elizabeth Bartholet, Crisanne Hazen
SBS201: Society and Health | Ichiro Kawachi
A-612: Organizing: People, Power, Change (also offered as MLD-377) | Marshall Ganz
SUP 211: Institutional and Community-based Strategies to Support Children and Families (also offered as H-307) | Julie B. Wilson
SBS 246: Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies | Henning Tiemeier
SBS 281: Principles of Social and Behavioral Research | Laura Kubzansky
SBS 220: Society and its Effects on Child Health | Ronald Samuels
B. Violence Against Children
EDU A816: Education in Armed Conflict (also offered as EMR 129) | Sarah D. Peterson
ID 205: Societal Response to Disaster and War | Jennifer Leaning, Satchit Balsari
GHP 515: International Humanitarian Response 1* | Stephanie Kayden, Daniel Maxwell
GHP 518: International Humanitarian Response 2* | Stephanie Kayden, Daniel Maxwell
IGA-351M: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery | Siddharth Kara
ID240: Principles of Injury Control | David Hemenway
GHP553: Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection (also offered as IGA 342M) | Jacqueline Bhabha
C. Justice For Children
IGA-344M: International Perspectives on Justice for Children (also offered as GHP 511) | Cecile Aptel
A203: Educational Justice | Meira Levinson
HLS 2098: Gender, Violence, Law and Social Justice | Diane Rosenfeld
D. Social Change/Family Strengthening
A-117: Implementing Inclusive Education | Thomas Hehir
SUP 211: Institutional and Community-Based Strategies to support Children and Families (also offered as H-307) | Julie B. Wilson
SUP 470: Strategies and Policies for Education Excellence with Equity | Ronald Ferguson
HLS 2011: Art of Social Change* | Elizabeth Bartholet, Crisanne Hazen
MLD-304: Science of Behavior Change | Todd Rogers
H-236: Adolescent Development | Nancy E. Hill
HDS 3336 Religion, Conflict, and Peace Internship Seminar* | Dianne Moore
E. Child Protection Leadership Tools
MLD 201: Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change | Farayi Chipungu, Timothy O’Brien, Hugh O’Doherty
EDU A501: Negotiation* | Deborah Goldstein, Todd Gillien
HPM 252: Negotiation | Linda Kaboolian
MLD-220M: Fundamentals of Negotiation | Brian Mandell
MLD-224: Behavioral Science of Negotiations | Julie Minson
MLD-222: Negotiation Analysis | Kessely Hong
RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
SBS 245: Social and Behavioral Research Methods | Steve Gortmaker, Erica Kenney
DPI 535: Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change | Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein
HLS 8001: Child Advocacy Clinic and HLS 2021: Clinical Seminar* | Crisanne Hazen
H-387Y: Child Advocacy Seminar/Internship* | Katherine Ginnis
EDU H388Y: Child Advocacy Internship | Katherine Ginnis
*Cross registration by permission of professor only