Course Introduction

Course curriculum

    1. Getting Started

    2. Finding Your Way

    3. What to Expect

    4. Assessing Learning

    5. Extend & Contextualize

    6. Let's Go!

    1. Meet Your Instructor

    2. Course Goals

    3. Guiding Questions

    4. Course Flow

    5. Child Protection & Safeguarding - what's the difference?

    6. Trigger warnings and safety disclosure

    7. Course Timings: Planning Your Time

    8. Tool: Learning Log

    1. Welcome & Definitions

    2. What is child protection and what are children's rights?

    3. International vs local schools

    4. Vulnerability of International Schools

    5. What is the International Task Force for Child Protection and why was it created?

    6. Child Protection in Numbers & Elements of a Child Protection in Schools Framework

    7. Case for Reflection

    8. Online Interaction

    9. Learning Log: Reflect, Process & Apply

    1. Chalk Talk Protocol

    1. Welcome to Module 2

    2. Myths and Truths about child abuse

    3. What is child abuse?

    4. Exercise: Signs and Indicators

    5. Analyzing our Student Body

    6. Risk Factors & Impacts for Abuse

    7. The Neuroscience Behind ACES

    8. Resilience factors

    9. Discussion: Improving Protective Factors & Positive Experiences for Children in School-settings

    10. ACES Infographics

    11. Child Protection Case vs Child Protection Concern

    12. Learning Log: Reflect, Process & Apply

    1. Welcome to Module 3

    2. Trauma & Racism

    3. Visible and invisible disabilities & Trauma

    4. Trauma & LGBTQIA+ Phobia

    5. Online Interaction

    6. Learning Log: Reflect, Process & Apply

About this course

  • 84 lessons


Who is this course for?

  • Adults working in international schools

    All adults should complete regular child protection training. The level and depth of training you require will vary according to your level of responsibility and your role in a school.

  • Basic & Refresher Training

    Any staff member who requires basic training or a refresher training course. Options to leverage course learning can be of interest to DSLs and CPOs.

  • Support Staff

    Office workers, cleaners, caretakers, security guards, etc. would also benefit from taking this course. Remember: child protection is everyone’s responsibility!

Learning Outcomes

What will you be able to do upon course completion?

  • Understand child protection issues and the schools’ responsibility in protecting children from abuse, including debunking myths and evidence-based trends in child protection.

  • Understand abuse, the myths in light of laws, values, culture, learning environments, and individual roles and responsibilities.

  • Identify essential components of internationally recognized child protection best practices.

  • Identify how to act as a first responder and understand where and how to properly report potential child protection concerns both within your school context and in your personal surroundings.

  • Demonstrate knowledge about appropriate behaviors, attitudes, and actions when interacting with children in different face-face and online scenarios.

  • Directly impact your own professional practice to play your part in protecting children in your own context.

Impact on Learning

How will this course have a positive impact?

You will leave this course with a raised awareness of your duty of care and knowledge of best practices in child protection to play an active role in your own context, inclusive of empowering student voice in child protection. This course includes recommendations from the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP). Other best practices around the globe, including the Johns Hopkins Desk Guide and the UK Guidelines “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, and updated expectations for school communities, underpin this certified course.

Meet the Course Designer

Katia Dantas

Katia Dantas is a leading international child protection specialist with a focus on preventing institutional abuse in youth-serving organisations. With 20 years of academic and professional experience, she has a long history of working with global organisations leading efforts to prevent and respond to missing children and online and offline child abuse and exploitation. Katia is CEO & Senior Consultant for Protected Education, and is also a consultant for Latin America at the renowned The Jane Group, a consulting firm specialising in crisis management. Fluent in three languages, Katia brings a multidisciplinary perspective and empirical knowledge to her projects.


What are you still wondering?

  • Is this a certified course?

    Yes. Certification is awarded by MiniPD, from Faria Education Group.

  • What do I need to do to gain my certificate?

    You will need to complete all modules, learning activities in practice, and checking for understanding final assessment.

  • What certificate will I receive?

    You will be awarded the Certificate of Completion in 'Strengthening Child Protection Practices in International Schools'.

  • Can MiniPD courses count towards my continuing education requirements?

    MiniPD is partnering with Kent State University, a R1 university in the United States, to grant graduate credits for completing MiniPD courses. To receive graduate credits, the learner must complete a required number of MiniPD Core or MiniCourses, and submit the completed MiniPD Learning Logs for each course. Details of the credit application process can be found at Please check with your license issuing authorities for details on the number of credits needed for your license renewal.

  • How can I continue learning?

    You will be presented with suggested pathways to support continued learning. These will include carefully designed resources, MiniCourses, and personalized coaching conversations.

  • How can my school leverage the learning and amplify impact?

    We can support you to implement this course in your own school with suggested approaches for interleaved professional development days, professional learning communities, and ongoing job-embedded peer learning structures.

Connect With A Coach

Connect with coaches who have extensive experience in safeguarding and child protection. They are here to support you in your duty of care.