Short Course

Introduction to International Safeguarding

Safeguarding of the most vulnerable people in our society is everyone’s responsibility, but what does this look like when working in an international context?  This course will take you through the fundamental principles of safeguarding, planning, response, and good practice when overseas.

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Why study a short course in Introduction to International Safeguarding at QMU?

  • State of the art facilities

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

  • Easily accessible by road and public transport

  • Expertise in decolonising international work

  • Highly qualified staff with extensive international experience

  • The course sits within our new and innovative approach to Education with extensive facilities

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone working, or considering working, with vulnerable people in an international context, or would like to increase their knowledge of safeguarding considerations internationally.

Introduction to International Safeguarding: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

The course will cover:

  • an overview of the 5 most common types of abuse;
  • the 4Rs of Safeguarding
  • Understanding barriers to disclosure;
  • international protocols for specific safeguarding issues including rape, child abduction and serious sexual event;
  • working successfully with in country agencies and authorities; and
  • record keeping

By the end of the course what will I be able to do?

  • Have introduction to the key tenants of safeguarding.
  • Awareness and introduction to international protocols for serious incidents.
  • Understanding where legislation differs between child and adult safeguarding.
  • Understand the what and why of good record keeping.
  • Have a range of skills and knowledge in how to gain assistance abroad, and some of the cultural considerations that can influence actions.

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The course is a 16-hour course, with 4 hours on lecturer input over two weeks, and 12 hours self study time with online tasks to be completed.  

The course is taught and completed fully online with no on-campus requirements.

Does the course have an assessment and if so what sort of assessment will it be?

There is no formal assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be issued.

Student support/access to facilities

For the duration of your course you will be able to make use of our on-campus learning resource centre as well as access to our full range of online resources, including e-books and academic journals.

You will also have limited, mainly online access, to Student Services support. Students with particular support requirements can contact the Disability Service.

As you will be studying with us for less than a full academic year you will not be provided with a personal academic tutor (PAT). However, any queries regarding your studies should be directed to the staff member leading the delivery of your course.

Introduction to International Safeguarding: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course therefore each applicant must decide if the level of study is suitable for them.

You do not need to provide proof of your previous qualifications.

English language requirements

This course is taught and assessed in English. Applicants do not need to provide proof of their English language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level. Applicants for this level of study would usually be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0




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Course Overview

16 Hours
Start Date
April 2024
Fees & Funding