Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsThe specialist should inform the child about the service, Where he'll be integrated, where he'll be placed. [Translator] Specialist should inform the child about the service, where he'll be integrated. Where he will be placed. The specialist should help the child to meet new people. [Translator] Specialists should help the child to meet new people. I think that leaving care is a vulnerable period of a teenager's life so a social worker has the duty of supporting us. But in this period this is when a teenager concretely needs more and respecting that sometimes you make mistakes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsSometimes it's better to fall down with someone than being corrected all the time When they are finding homes for children I want them to find somebody that is patient. Somebody that would not beat them. Somebody that would love them. Somebody that can take care of them. I need love. I need someone to take care of me not only because they get paid for it, but to feel close to me. Hello, welcome back. Welcome to Week 4 of your course. In the past few weeks, we've been thinking about the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care in respect of the necessity principle.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsThis meant we explored such topics as prevention of unnecessary placements and alternative care, gatekeeping mechanisms to help apply this principle, and the importance of participation. For the next two weeks, we'll be learning more about how to uphold the suitability principle. In the course this week, we'll be learning about what the suitability principle means in terms of policy and practise, particularly in relation to the most appropriate choice of care being made on an individual basis for each child. In doing so, this means we'll reflect on the importance of respecting the needs, characteristics, circumstances, and the wishes of each individual child. To this end, we'll examine policy and practise implications related to appropriate care settings.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 secondsAnd we'll cover such topics as how care placements need to be well-planned. Because the child, family and other circumstances may change, we'll also discuss why regular review of the necessity and suitability of the placement should be ensured. In exploring the implications of the suitability principle and meeting individual children's needs we'll also be thinking about the implications this has for different care options. This will include consideration of both informal and formal placements, including those that are family-based and those that might be in a residential setting. Please do continue to share your thoughts and ideas by posting your comments, as well as participating in a poll that you'll be asked to undertake in the middle of the week. Enjoy.

Welcome to Week 4

Hello and welcome to Week 4. This week we are going to be exploring the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in relation to the “suitability” principle. In this video, Jennifer Davidson introduces the different topics we will be covering this week. Before that we hear Victoria, Ruben, Idris and Zaljeta tell us what they think is important for care workers to consider when they support children and young people in care.

We will be revisiting the meaning of the “suitability” principle and how, once an imperative need for alternative care for a child has been determined, this care should be provided in the most appropriate manner. We will also explore a number of gatekeeping mechanisms and processes that help meet this principle.

The second aspect of the “suitability” principle concerns matching the care setting with the individual child concerned. We will learn how this means selecting the care setting that best meets the child’s needs, characteristics, circumstances and wishes. We will also discuss how this has implications for making sure there are a range of alternative care settings so that a real choice exists.

By the end of the week

By the end of the week, we hope you feel comfortable with the following issues:

  • What is the “suitability” principle and what does it encompass;
  • How to respect the “suitability” principle in relation to determining the best possible care is provided in an appropriate way;
  • Ideas to help you apply the “suitability” principle.

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

University of Strathclyde