Introduction to International Child Protection


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Course Title

Introduction to International Child Protection

Course Description

This is a self-paced learning experience. You will be able to stop and start the module at your convenience.

International child protection includes a vast array of topics, each with an associated body of work which could fill a semester long course.  In this introductory module, participants will learn about current child protection issues and trends in development and humanitarian contexts as well as the foundational principles, frameworks, and approaches that underpin the work of child protection practitioners worldwide.  Additionally, participants will review examples of program interventions to prevent and respond to child protection concerns.

Throughout this module, you will learn from working professionals who have contributed through video as well as authored the text. In addition to watching videos and reading text, you will interact with the content, in various ways, through sliders that reveal information as you move, hotspots on an image, a variety of question styles (both graded and ungraded), and more.

Duration to complete module: 4-6 hours approximately. If using a mobile device to review the module, use the browser on your device. Do not access through the Canvas app.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the core concepts, principles, and approaches of international child protection and. how they can be applied in practice.

  • Identify the foundational child rights and protection instruments, frameworks and standards that underpin international child protection.

  • Examine child protection prevention and response interventions at all levels of the socio-ecological model.

  • Understand child protection mainstreaming and integration with other development and humanitarian sectors.

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Course Contributors 


Dr. Tim Williams
Part-time Faculty

Dr. Tim Williams is a researcher with over 15 years’ experience in child protection, education, forced migration, and social policy. His recent clients include UNICEF, UNHCR, the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, Save the Children, and the Center for Global Development. Tim received his PhD in International Development from the University of Bath in 2015. Since 2016, he's been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College, where he teaches on global child protection to MSW students. Tim has regional expertise in East Africa, particularly Rwanda, where he has written extensively about the country’s education system.

Subject Expert

Eileen Ihrig
Sr Technical Advisor- Family Strengthening and Alternative Care, Catholic Relief Services

Eileen Ihrig, MSW,has over 35 years of experience as a social worker, working in both NGO and academic settings in the United States and internationally.  She has been committed to the protection of children around the world, working in both development and emergency contexts to prevent child-family separation, to reunify separated children, to enhance children’s development and to strengthen families. Currently with Catholic Relief Services, Eileen provides technical support around child protection, care reform, alternative care and family strengthening to CRS’s country programs across the globe.