Fundamentals of Child Protection


The Fundamentals of Child Protection eLearning course will help you understand child abuse and neglect, the impact on children and young people and how you can help.

It’s essential for all people who work with children and young people and is used by thousands of people around Aotearoa New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s first online course in child protection developed by our nationally recognised child protection experts. Our award-winning course takes best practice from around the world and applies it in an NZ context.

Key Information

  • Format: 5 lessons including short video clips, quizzes and reading
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Qualification: Certificate available
  • Price: $45 per person including GST
  • Payment Options:  Online via credit card or invoice available on request.Online payment is recommended for individuals. If purchasing this course for a group, please email office@safeguardingchildren.org.nz or phone 027 772 4469 to arrange an invoice. Once an invoice is paid a coupon code is sent which can then be forwarded to individuals to create a Safeguarding Children account and begin their online course.


Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who works with children in a professional or volunteer capacity


What will I learn?

  • Why protecting children from abuse and neglect is important
  • How to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect
  • The challenges and barriers you may face
  • Your responsibilities: what to do when you are concerned about a child
  • Relevant legislation in NZ and how it applies to you, including The Privacy Act 1993 and the Children’s Act 2014


What do our learners say?

This course has been completed by more than 7,000 people across NZ, from major healthcare providers and national sporting codes to small community organisations and educators.

In a survey of learners:

  • 98 per cent said the course was easy to navigate
  • 100 per cent said the course helped them understand child neglect, abuse and vulnerability and would help them to protect a child in the future
  • 100 per cent said they would recommend the course to others

“I’ve already recommended it to colleagues as it is very relevant and easy to use for professional development.”

“Well presented, easy to read and understand. Included relevant references to look at along the way. The quiz after each section summed up the most important aspects of child protection to be aware of.”

“The course is so accessible, convenient to my busy life. I loved being able to pick it up when i was available to do so, and also at my leisure . . . I found it ever so interesting, raw and moving. I am forever changed thanks to the powerful content in this empowering course. I would be happy to do the refresher course each year.”

“Well presented and clear. Format supported different learning styles.”

“Online was wonderful for quick effective professional development, the ease of being in control of absorbing content in an uninterrupted course that was at my own time frame.”

“I learned a lot and would recommend to anyone who wants more awareness & confidence if they ever need guidance in this area.”

“Very informative, interesting, well researched and very applicable to my profession as a teacher. Learnt a lot.”