Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondEven though I liked living in the institution so much I am so much happier if I can still live with my family... even I am already living with my parents. When I lived in an institution I only saw my parents a few times, It is much better to stay in touch with the social workers even though I am living with my parents.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsWhen I was in an institution I always cried for my grandmother. We were poor and this should not be the reason I have to be away from my family. It wasn't bad in the instituion but I am happy with my family.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsMy mother decided to send me to the institution. She spoke with the director but no one studied my situation.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsI would strongly encourage care workers to give children the opportunity to make contacts and social ties with children outside the residentual institutions as well. Children should be explained the reasons elaborately, why they are in an institution or why they have to leave it. Welcome to Week 2 of your course. We're really glad you've come back to join us. And we do hope that you found Week 1 both interesting and relevant to you. We also hope that what you're learning will be of practical use, whether you're a professional worker, a student, a parent, or other carer, or someone who has another role to play in the care of children.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsThis week, we're going to explore the meaning of the necessity principle and, in particular, we'll be considering the topic of prevention. This means you'll be thinking about ways to prevent unnecessary family separation and considering the opportunities for avoiding recourse to formal alternative care. In relation to this goal, we'll be listening to the ideas of some international practitioners regarding the need for universal services, such as health, education, access to justice, and social security, and targeted provision, such as family support and strengthening, financial assistance, or perhaps specialist health care for those with disabilities. We will also hear from international colleagues speaking about certain groups of children who are at particularly high risk of being placed in alternative care.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsAnd we'll revisit the concept of gatekeeping in relation to ensuring the use of formal alternative care only occurs when absolutely necessary after the situation of a child and their family have been thoroughly assessed. We very much look forward to you continuing to post comments and to post questions throughout the week and to your reaction to a special film that has been made about a vulnerable family. Good luck with this week.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of your course ‘Getting Care Right for all Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children’. This week we will be exploring the meaning of the “necessity” principle in further detail and in this video Jennifer Davidson introduces the topics we will be covering. Before this, we hear from Fitri, Shpetimi, Zaljeta, and Maria telling us what they think care workers should consider when they support children and young people in care.

This week we will consider the opportunities for avoiding recourse to formal alternative care and how this involves drawing on both universal services (such as health, education, access to justice, social security) and targeted provision (such as family support and strengthening, financial assistance and community initiatives).

We will also be thinking about how the use of formal alternative care must occur only when absolutely necessary, after possibilities for parental support have been thoroughly assessed. We will understand how access to services for children and their families are fundamental to preventing actual or perceived need for placement in care. International experts will tell us why they believe the safety net of family support and strengthening programmes must be in place for those who have particular vulnerabilities.

By the end of the week

By the end of the week you should feel comfortable engaging in the following issues:

  • How decisions are made when a child may be vulnerable to losing parental care;
  • The three levels of prevention and why recourse to formal alternative care should be avoided whenever possible;
  • Why communities, families and children must be able to realise their right to access basic and specialist services to prevent need for alternative care placement.

A short note from Chrissie Gale, your Lead Educator

Before we move on to the next step of the course this week, I would like to ask you to help me with an important survey that could make a significant difference to the future MOOCs created by CELCIS in the University of Strathclyde.

It is very important for CELCIS to know the impact the MOOC has on your work and care for children. This information can help us improve any MOOCs and other courses we develop for you and your colleagues in the future. In addition, all the support we receive to create this MOOC comes from different international organisations. They have asked us to measure the results of our work so we can continue to run this MOOC free of charge as well as developing new ones.

To help us do this I would be most grateful if you would take part in a short survey that I am running on behalf of CELCIS. This would mean filling in a very short questionnaire now and, allowing me to contact you in approximately 6 months’ time with the same questionnaire. It is a completely voluntary exercise and all the information you provide will remain anonymous. All the details of the survey, including how your information would be used, can be found by going to the link below.

For more information, and to complete the survey in English

Por más información y para completar la encuesta en español pulse aquí

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Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

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