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Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice

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Across the world, children are at riskfrom violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Conflict and natural disasters have forced millions to flee their homes and confront the dangers of migration and displacement. Commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking, child labor, and child marriage are problems in many countries. At-risk children and adolescents need their rights enforcedif we are to protect them from harm and to ensure that they develop to their full potential.

Led by Jacqueline Bhabha, Research Director of the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, this course will teach you the causes and consequences of child protection failures. You will consider the strategies, international laws, standards, and resources required to protect all children. You will be able to link legal frameworks and child-rights approaches to the work of policymakers, lawyers, health workers, educators, law enforcement, and social workers. Learners will come to understand how they can ensure the protection of children and apply child protection strategies to their own work.

Join Harvard faculty, practitioners, and a global community of learners to master a child-centered systems approach to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, and abuse against children.


  • Every Child's Right to Protection
    • The Legal Foundation of Child Protection
    • Defining and Measuring Child Protection
  • Violence Against Children
    • Causes and Consequences of Violence
    • Strategies for Preventing and Addressing Violence
    • Examples of Preventing and Addressing Violence
  • Children and the Law
    • Children in Conflict with the Law
    • Children in Contact with the Law
    • Migrant Children and the Law
  • A System's Approach to Child Protection
    • Components of a Child Protection System
    • Identifying Problems in Child Protection System
    • Global and Local Action to Strengthen Child Protection Systems

Taught by

Jacqueline Bhabha


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    Child protection is very fundamental in child development, in Africa especially Kenya most of the children have been introduced to child labor. Various push and pull factors have contributed to child labor, early pregnancies, school drop outs and child abuse.

    I believe if every parent execute his/her responsibilities well we shall have a generation full of great potential individuals who are ready to impact the community they belong to.
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    Daniela Gálvez
    Very interesting course. I am learning how children are abused all around the world and how to stop these situations. Before doing this, I didn’t know the people that needed help, but after reading some stuff about CRC, and official UNICEF information, I could open my eyes and see reality and how world works and how governments should react to these problems.
  • Joseph Saffa-Turay
    Child protection is very much important to the health, education and conducive atmosphere of the survival of the child. Child right violation is in on the increase in Africa there must be professionals to be able to address these issues. In my Count…
  • Anonymous
    Penso que o Curso é muito importante e, quanto necessário. Porquanto, se dedicarmos mais tempo e major atenção ao desenvolvimento integral de criança, estaremos a evitar o trabalho de ter que corrigir is comportamentos subversives dos adultos. Mais, pouparemos esforços e recursos para rider dos adultos vulneráveis, no dominio da acção social.

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