Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children
FREE ONLINE COURSE (with a PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible)
- Duration: 6 weeks
Learn about unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children
This course is about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and between countries. This course will provide an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face. It will inform the improvement of policy, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests. The course will provide examples of promising practice. It will stimulate the exchange of ideas and experience between learners around the world and is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
Unaccompanied and Separated Children on the Move
o Welcome to the course: An introduction to the course, who we are and what you'll be learning
o Welcome to Week 1: Why are unaccompanied and separated children on the move and what risk and challenges do they face?
o Why children are on the move: Who are the children we are concerned about on this course, and how did they become 'on the move'?
o Risks to unaccompanied and separated children on the move: Risks and vulnerabilities exist for all children on the move, but may be heightened for children travelling alone.
o International guidance: Our work with children is guided by international laws, agreements, treaties, guidance and standards.
o Aden's Journey: Episode One: The first part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the first week of the course.
o Welcome to the week: This week you will learn about the importance of getting the care and protection right for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Identifying an unaccompanied and separated child: Identifying and registering unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Making the right decisions - The importance of case management: Case management and how it can help us make decisions with, and for, the child.
o Assessments: Alternative care and protection assessments help us make the best decisions for each child so they receive appropriate care and support.
o Care and Protection Plans: The development, implementation and review of Care and Protection Plans
o Children's participation: The importance of children’s full and meaningful participation in decisions that affect their lives.
o Aden's Journey: Episode Two: The second part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the second week of the course.
Providing the Best Support
o Welcome to Week 3: This week you will learn about guiding principles, working together, and in a child-friendly manner, to care and support unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Guiding principles: We will explore some of the principles to be found in a range of international and national legislation, treaties, policies and guidance.
o Working in a child friendly manner: The importance of working in a child friendly manner when implementing the steps of case management.
o Working together: Working in cooperation and coordination with government-run systems.
o Aden's Journey: Episode Three: The third part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the third week of the course.
o Welcome to Week 4: This week we will look at suitable and unsuitable care settings.
o The alternative care of children: UN Guidelines for the alternative care of children
o Unsuitable care settings: What makes a care setting unsuitable for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Meeting the challenge of unsuitable care: The challenges associated with unsuitable care settings for children.
o Suitable care: What makes a care setting suitable for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Family based care: Family based alternative care - foster care.
o Small residential care settings: Caring for children in small residential settings.
o Aden's Journey: Episode Four: The fourth part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the fourth week of the course.
Getting Care Right
o Welcome to Week 5: This week you will learn about kinship care, guardianship, and the detention of children on the move.
o Kinship care: Kinship care for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Guardianship: The definition and role of a guardian for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
o Ending the placement of children on the move in detention: Why detention centres are unsuitable for children on the move, and some alternatives.
o Children who go missing: Why children abandon care and go 'missing', and what can be done to prevent it.
o Aden's Journey: Episode Five: The fifth part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the fifth week of the course.
o Welcome to Week 6: This week you will learn about reunification, transitioning from, and then leaving, care.
o Leaving care: Support for care leavers
o Family reunification: Guidance on family reunification and what is involved.
o: Transition to independent living: Leaving care, including semi-independent living and what ageing out of care entails.
o Planning for leaving care: Recommendations for developing leaving care plans.
o Social integration: Why local integration is important for all those who arrive as refugees and migrants.
o Aden's Journey: Week Six: The final installment of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.
o End of week tasks: Activities to conclude the final week of the course.
o Final course activities: Final activities to bring our course to its conclusion.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify specific risks, vulnerabilities and support needs of unaccompanied and separated children on the move and the application of different appropriate responses.
- Apply the content and meaning of relevant international and national legislation and agreements.
- Explore the principles outlined in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and discover how suitable care can contribute to the protection of children.
- Identify a range of promising practices in relation to suitable alternative care settings that meet the needs, wishes and circumstances of each individual unaccompanied and separated child on the move.
Who is the course for?
The course will be of interest to you if you are a front line professional or a volunteer anywhere in the world working to offer care, protection and other support to unaccompanied and separated children on the move. For example, you might be a social worker, child protection professional, teacher, border official, medical worker, judge, lawyer or care worker. The course will be of significance if you are a policy maker, work for a government or non-governmental organisation or indeed, if you have any concern or responsibility for child protection and alternative care. You will also find this course useful if you are studying the topic of migration or, someone who would like to learn more about children who are travelling alone across and between borders.
Who will you learn with?
Chrissie Gale: Dr Chrissie Gale has spent over 26 years working as a child protection specialist in different countries around the world. For 4 years she led the international work of CELCIS. She is now a consultant
Who developed the course?
University of Strathclyde: The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.
CELCIS: CELCIS improves children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.
The Caring For Children Moving Alone MOOC Taskforce are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:
- Unlimited access to this course
- Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
- A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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