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About the course
The sexual abuse and exploitation of children is a violation of human rights and a health problem with significant consequences for global health and development. This course is designed to increase awareness and knowledge about child sexual exploitation and abuse, including abuse facilitated by technology, and promote evidence-based strategies and actions for prevention and response. The course covers policy, advocacy and a wide range of programmatic aspects and draws on UNICEF’s evidence review and brief on “Action to End Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation”. The course has been produced with financial support from the End Violence Fund.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- describe the global evidence on the extent, nature and consequences of child sexual exploitation and abuse, including online child sexual exploitation and abuse
- understand existing global standards and violence prevention strategies, frameworks and partnerships (including the INSPIRE and RESPECT frameworks and the WeProtect Model National Response), and a theory of change to prevent and respond to child sexual exploitation and abuse
- relate evidence-based interventions to build enabling national environments, improve service delivery and support social and behavioural change in your own context; and
- describe remaining gaps in knowledge and challenges for practice and opportunities.
Professionals in government, civil society, and the private sector, as well as UNICEF personnel.
This course should take about 180 minutes to complete.
This is an asynchronous self-paced course – you can choose to take it all in one day, over a week or during a longer period of time.
The content of the course is presented in eight interactive modules:
- Introduction to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
- Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation—A Global Problem
- A Theory of Change
- Evidence Based Strategies and Interventions for Action (1) —Enabling National Environments
- Evidence Based Strategies and Interventions for Action (2) —Service Delivery
- Evidence Based Strategies and Interventions for Action (3) —Social and Behavioural Change
- Roles and Contributions
- Opportunities and Next Steps
- Final assessment
Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, Child Protection Specialist, Child Protection Team, Programme Group
Stephen Blight, Senior Adviser Child Protection, Child Protection Team, Programme Group
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