Sample child protection workshop outline


This workshop was developed by Viva for local church or Christian NGO partners; it can be adapted for other partners.

Page numbers refer to Viva, Creating Safe Environments for Children

Time Session Aim Toolkit Exercises
9.00-9.10 Welcome/introductions
9.10-9.25 What does it mean to be a child? To recognise that we come with different understandings of what it is to be a child 1.1 p.7
9.25-9.45 God’s heart for children Foundations for understanding why we should protect children 1.3 p.8
9.45-10.15 Understanding children’s rights 1.6 p.9
10.15-10.30 What is child protection and why is it important for us as an organisation? To understand key terms and why child protection is important 1.5 p.8


11.00-11.15 Attitudes and values towards child abuse To recognise that we have different views and attitudes and to address some common misconceptions 2.1 p.17
11.15-11.45 Definitions of abuse To understand the different types of child abuse 2.2 p.18
11.45-12.15 Recognising signs and symptoms of abuse To recognise the indicators that a child may be being abused 2.3 p.19
12.15-13.00 Designing the reporting procedure To think through what the organisation will do in specific situations 5.5 p.60
13.45-14.00 Responding to disclosures of abuse To be prepared to respond sensitively and appropriately if a child discloses abuse 6.2 p.76
14.00-14.25 Mapping our contact with children To identify ways the organisation comes into contact with children 4.3 p.46
14.25-14.45 What are the risks to children because of what we do? To identify the possible actions or situations that could put children at risk 4.6 p.48
14.45-15.15 Developing a Code of Conduct To clarify what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate behaviour towards children 3.2 p.31
15.15-15.35 Steps towards a child protection policy To understand the process of putting together a child protection policy 5.1 p.58
15.35-15.50 Spiritual reflection: Light in the Darkness To reflect on Biblical principles of how to deal with allegations of abuse P.75
15.50-16.00 Evaluations   Evaluation forms


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