Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsSo I have perhaps many messages that I would like to send but I will choose two. First, it is indeed necessary to ensure that children's rights are respected. They can even be considered as being part of children's fundamental needs. It is important for me that to respect a particular right does not mean that we have to overshadow all the others. For example, the right for all children to have a family setting or structure. For me this does not necessarily mean the biological family - it could be representative of parental responsibility, and not necessarily actual parental care.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsIn this context, when we apply this right, we have to take into consideration the child's personal history from early childhood and avoid applying children's rights in a generalised and non-individualised manner. The second message that I would like to share is linked to my personal background and what I have experienced.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsIndeed, when you are a looked-after child, or are a recipient of child protection or parental replacement, you are sometimes - often - displaced from one geographical location to another, from one cultural setting to another, from one type of care to another. For me, it is extremely important, in this case, to support the child and to avoid at all cost any sudden and definitive changes and disruptions, and to maintain a minimum bonding or even personal ties that already existed for the child. To make sure there is a contingency and they do not feel completely abandoned by everyone. Young people leaving care should know the laws and regulations. This knowledge is necessary to protect ourselves when we face difficulties.

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 secondsI think it's extremely important to have mentors for young people when they leave care. Mentors who are professional social workers who can work with young people and support young people to deal with various issues and situations. They should know well what young people need and what opportunities there are for them to achieve their goals. Only professionals of high standards should work with young people to help them form the skills for an independent life. Welcome back again. And welcome to the start of Week 3 of your course. This week we'll continue to explore the meaning of the necessity principle and how this can be applied in practise.

Skip to 3 minutes and 16 secondsWe appreciate you're being provided with a lot of information, but we hope you're finding it inspiring. One of the principal topics for this week is the over-representation in some children in alternative care due to stigma, discrimination, and marginalisation. We'll be asking you to particularly relate the discussions around these topics to what happens in your own country. And we look forward to reading your comments. We'll also continue to hear from children and young people with care experience and particularly, their thoughts about their participation in ongoing decisions about their lives. International speakers will tell you about their experiences of working in countries where stigma and discrimination are some of the primary reasons that children find themselves in alternative care.

Skip to 4 minutes and 0 secondsThey'll also be providing more in-depth observations about the participation of children and providing practical advice on ways to address concerns. And you will see another episode of the film about Asha and Lan. Last week we left the family wondering what was going to happen and what decisions the social service would make about Asha and Lan's care. This week we'll find out.

Welcome to Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 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.

In this video, Akmal and Gabriella answer the question: what would you like care workers to consider when they support children and young people in care? Jennifer Davidson also explains the content of this week’s course.

Some groups of children are often over-represented in alternative care, in part due to social exclusion, discrimination and marginalisation affecting their communities, families, and themselves. This week we will be thinking about these children who are especially vulnerable, and thus, at higher risk of entering alternative care - as for example, children with disabilities, from ethnic minorities, and migrant children.

We will also continue to discuss the importance of participation and how vital it is that every effort is made to facilitate full and meaningful participation of children and young people in all aspects of decision-making.

By the end of the week

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

  • Why some groups of children are often over-represented in alternative care settings and how we should prevent this;
  • The importance of full and meaningful participation of children and young people in decision-making about their care.

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

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