Introduction to Children's Rights and Safety

Develop a better understanding of our children’s rights to help keep them safe. Register now and start anytime.

1 hour

About this short course

As members of your community it is important to understand the role you play in ensuring our children's voices are heard.

Children have the right to express their views and have them taken seriously in matters that affect them. When this right is observed, adults can support children more effectively or make informed decisions leading to improved subjective wellbeing among children.

You can support young people by learning the role of duty bearers and rights holders, and how a community that accepts responsibility for keeping children safe, is in a good position to develop and implement effective policies and procedures around child safety.

This course has been designed to help you apply the policies and procedures set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child within your own community.

Who should do this course?

This course is for members of the community who interact with children. Enhance your understanding of children’s rights to help make informed decisions that are in their best interests.

By undertaking this course you will learn to:

  • Contribute to cultural change towards better realising children’s rights and ensuring their safety.
  • Improve wellbeing among children.
  • Ensure children are taken seriously and given opportunity, support and a willing ear, to improve communication and therefore child safety.
  • Ensure you are acting in the best interests of the child and facilitating their right to have a say in matters that affect them.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the principles and values that underpin the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Apply knowledge of children's rights.
  • Identify appropriate behaviour according to a child safety policy and code of conduct.

Course Structure

This course is self-paced, fully online, and will take around 1 hour. You will be required to complete a quiz to test your learning before receiving a certificate.

Identify and foster appropriate behaviours according to children’s rights and safety frameworks

Course content delivers evidence-based learning, informed by global research

Gain an understanding of community responsibilities in children’s rights and safety

Meet your Instructors

Dr Megan Lang

Megan is a Research Fellow at the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania. Her research focus is in children’s rights and participation, and she also has expertise in the fields of education and in music.

As well as producing child-friendly reports, newspaper articles, and presentations, Megan has authored and co-authored academic publications related to education and child participation.

Dr Becky Shelley

Becky works at the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment as a Deputy Director. With a disciplinary background in Political Science, Becky joined the University of Tasmania in 2016 after an extensive career in the public and community sector in Australia.

Becky works at the intersection of policy, research and practice. She has published widely on issues such as democratisation, informal learning, education in crisis, and child-led research. Becky has held a number of non-executive director appointments in the not for profit sector and government.