Violence and Injury Prevention

Child maltreatment prevention course

This short course describes the public health approach to child maltreatment. It provides an overview of the scale of the problem, its consequences and costs, risk and protective factors for child maltreatment, and child maltreatment prevention strategies.


The aim of this course is to acquire a basic understanding of the public health approach to child maltreatment prevention, including:

  • the importance of and need for evidence-based prevention strategies;
  • the nature and main types of child maltreatment, the global and local epidemiology of child maltreatment and its consequences and costs;
  • risk factors for child maltreatment in general and within the local context;
  • child maltreatment prevention strategies, including implementation, evaluation, and scaling up of programmes and prevention readiness.

Who can benefit

This course is designed for individuals actively engaged in prevention of child maltreatment, either in developing policies or implementing prevention programmes.

It is also relevant to those providing financial support for child maltreatment prevention programmes, as well as anyone working in child protection services, education, and social services.


The course is designed to be delivered over 3-4 days.

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