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The goal of this online course is to increase the knowledge of employees and volunteers in sports and youth work about bullying, abuse, violence and harassment that children and young people are exposed to and the possible consequences of such violence.

It is important that people who work with children and young people are aware of their duties and responsibilities.

Employees and volunteers who work with children and young people need to be aware of and be able to recognise different types of bullying, abuse, violence and other harassment that children and young people may experience and know how to respond to it. 

The purpose of this onlince course is to educate employees and volunteers in sports and youth work, so they have the necessary knowledge and the important tools to respond to violence in sports and youth work, to make it easier to address it when it does happen and to prevent it from happening. 

 This course is for everyone that works with children and young people in sports and youth work and for anyone else interested in child protection.

Cource curriculum

This course is divided into ten chapters and includes information on physical and psychological abuse and violence, sexual violence, neglect, communication problems and bullying, with an emphasis on children and young people. The course covers different definitions, manifestations and consequences, as well as ways to respond to violence in sports and youth work. There is also a chapter that covers the duties and responsibilities of employees and volunteers. 

At the end of each chapter there is a short test that must be completed in order to continue with the course.

Participants can receive a certificate with confirmation that they have completed the course.

The course is free and can take up to an hour to complete. 


Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction to the course
  • 2

    Physical violence

    • Definition of physical violence
    • Manifestations and consequences of physical violence
    • Questions about physical violence
  • 3

    Psychological violence

    • Definition of psychological violence
    • Manifestations and consequences of psychological violence
    • Questions about psychological violence
  • 4

    Sexual violence

    • Definition of sexual violence
    • Manifestations of sexual violence
    • Manifestations of sexual violence - continued
    • Consequences of sexual violence
    • Questions about sexual violence
  • 5

    Negligence

    • Definition of negligence
    • Manifestations of negligence
    • Consequences of negligence
    • Questions about negligence
  • 6

    How to respond to suspicion of violence or neglect

    • First reaction
    • Mandatory reporting
    • Questions about responding to suspicions of violence or negligence
  • 7

    Communications difficulties and disagreements

    • Promoting a positive culture in a group
    • Communication difficulties
    • Questions about communication difficulties
  • 8

    Bullying

    • Definition of bullying
    • Manifestations and types of bullying
    • Manifestations and types of bullying - continued
    • Consequences of bullying
    • Questions about bullying
  • 9

    How to react to suspicion of bullying

    • First reaction
    • Questions about how to react to suspicion of bullying
  • 10

    Professional assistance from Æskulýðsvettvangurinn

    • Council of specialists within Æskulýðsvettvangurinn

Online course in child protection for employees and volunteers in sports and youth work

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Æskulýðsvettvangurinn / The Icelandic Youth Forum

Role and function / member organisations

The Icelandic Youth Forum is an umbrella organisation that works towards the common interests of children and young people in sports and youth work in Iceland. The main goal of the organisation is to promote safe, healthy, constructive and quality environment in sports and youth work, free of violence and other unwanted behaviour. Bullying, violence and sexual abuse is not tolerated within the organisations that together form the Icelandic Youth Forum.

The member organisations of The Icelandic Youth Forum are Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (Slysavarnarfélagið Landsbjörg), The Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association (Bandalag íslenskra skáta),The Icelandic Youth Association (UMFÍ) and YMCA/YWCA Iceland (KFUM og KFUK).



Content creators

This online course is set up by Æskulýðsvettvangurinn (e. The Icelandic Youth Forum) in association with specialists in child protection affairs. The content of the course was created by Þorbjörg Sveinsdóttir, psychologist, Ólöf Ásta Farestveit, pedagogic, crime- and familiy specialist,  Sema Erla Serdar, specialist in youth and prevention and Björg Jónsdóttir. 

The making of this course in English was funded by Lýðheilsusjóður.