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Programme Overview and Prerequisites

The Child Protection Studies Programme is an NZQA accredited programme.


To enhance the skills of those who are involved with children, by giving them the knowledge and confidence to take positive action to protect children, and to act effectively when children have been abused.

What value does the Programme provide?

Children rely on adults to make sound appropriate decisions about their safety and well-being.

The Child Protection Studies Programme provides students with a broad base of skills, and just as importantly the confidence, to act effectively when children have been abused and to intervene early when a child is at risk.

The Child Protection Studies Programme leads on to the Child Protection Studies Diploma. Graduates of the Diploma often go on to become the leaders and resource people on child protection in their communities, raising the skill and consciousness of the entire community in child protection and advocacy.


  • Understanding the nature of child abuse
  • Understanding the causes of child abuse
  • Understanding the effects and symptoms of child abuse
  • Recognising child abuse
  • What to do when child abuse is suspected
  • Reporting child abuse
  • Networks for protecting children
  • Supervision and care of self

Full content of the Child Protection Studies Programme

Who should Enrol?

The Child Protection Studies Programme is suitable for anyone who works with and/or cares about children including:

  • Those who are new to the field and want to establish a sound, basic understanding of Child Protection.
  • Those who have a responsibility or role in the safety of children.
  • Managers and leaders responsible for policy development and the safety and wellbeing of their workers.

We often have participants who are:

  • Social Workers
  • After School Care workers
  • Community Groups (eg Scouts)
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Health Camp Workers
  • Teachers
  • Maori Wardens
  • Whanau/Family workers
  • Iwi Representatives
  • Victim Support
  • Church Representatives
  • Police
  • SWIS
  • And many others….


5 days, 9.00am - 4.30pm

Programmes do not operate on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to in-classroom time, participants will be expected to undertake some self-directed learning. This includes:

  • completing a course workbook;
  • researching an organisation in their community and producing a fact sheet to present to the class; and
  • doing a short, multi choice test.


Programme Pre-requisites:

  • All students must have basic literacy competency as written assessments and note taking is required.
  • A basic understanding of Treaty of Waitangi issues.
  • Good personal support networks will be beneficial in studying this topic.
  • Please note this programme is not a therapeutic programme and should not be undertaken by those with any unresolved issues regarding children or child abuse.

Participants have the opportunity to listen to a range of interesting specialist speakers who share their knowledge and expertise with the class. The opinions of these speakers may or may not reflect the opinions held by Child Matters. Any concerns should be discussed with the course tutor or with Child Matters directly.

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