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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

Learn about unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children.

28,150 enrolled on this course

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children
  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • Digital upgrade

    Free

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds All around the world, unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children are making hazardous journeys and taking risks.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds They need our support. This course will guide us through the skills and knowledge we need to provide alternative care and protection in the best possible way. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to learn from examples of promising practice. Listen to children themselves telling us what they need and hear about the experiences of people working with unaccompanied and separated children in many different situations.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds Through our ‘discussion board’ you’ll also have the opportunity to share your own ideas, questions and comments with people all around the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 second So please join me on this course so together we can improve the care and protection these children really need.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Unaccompanied and Separated Children on the Move

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the course, who we are and what you'll be learning

    • Welcome to Week 1

      Why are unaccompanied and separated children on the move and what risk and challenges do they face?

    • 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'?

    • 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.

    • International guidance

      Our work with children is guided by international laws, agreements, treaties, guidance and standards.

    • Aden's Journey: Episode One

      The first part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the first week of the course.

  • Week 2

    Making Decisions

    • 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.

    • Identifying an unaccompanied and separated child

      Identifying and registering unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

    • Making the right decisions - The importance of case management

      Case management and how it can help us make decisions with, and for, the child.

    • Assessments

      Alternative care and protection assessments help us make the best decisions for each child so they receive appropriate care and support.

    • Care and Protection Plans

      The development, implementation and review of Care and Protection Plans

    • Children's participation

      The importance of children’s full and meaningful participation in decisions that affect their lives.

    • Aden's Journey: Episode Two

      The second part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the second week of the course.

  • Week 3

    Providing the Best Support

    • 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.

    • Guiding principles

      We will explore some of the principles to be found in a range of international and national legislation, treaties, policies and guidance.

    • Working in a child friendly manner

      The importance of working in a child friendly manner when implementing the steps of case management.

    • Working together

      Working in cooperation and coordination with government-run systems.

    • Aden's Journey: Episode Three

      The third part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the third week of the course.

  • Week 4

    Alternative Care

    • Welcome to Week 4

      This week we will look at suitable and unsuitable care settings.

    • The alternative care of children

      UN Guidelines for the alternative care of children

    • Unsuitable care settings

      What makes a care setting unsuitable for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

    • Meeting the challenge of unsuitable care

      The challenges associated with unsuitable care settings for children.

    • Suitable care

      What makes a care setting suitable for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

    • Family based care

      Family based alternative care - foster care.

    • Small residential care settings

      Caring for children in small residential settings.

    • Aden's Journey: Episode Four

      The fourth part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the fourth week of the course.

  • Week 5

    Getting Care Right

    • Welcome to Week 5

      This week you will learn about kinship care, guardianship, and the detention of children on the move.

    • Kinship care

      Kinship care for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

    • Guardianship

      The definition and role of a guardian for unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

    • Ending the placement of children on the move in detention

      Why detention centres are unsuitable for children on the move, and some alternatives.

    • Children who go missing

      Why children abandon care and go 'missing', and what can be done to prevent it.

    • Aden's Journey: Episode Five

      The fifth part of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the fifth week of the course.

  • Week 6

    Leaving Care

    • Welcome to Week 6

      This week you will learn about reunification, transitioning from, and then leaving, care.

    • Leaving care

      Support for care leavers

    • Family reunification

      Guidance on family reunification and what is involved.

    • Transition to independent living

      Leaving care, including semi-independent living and what ageing out of care entails.

    • Planning for leaving care

      Recommendations for developing leaving care plans.

    • Social integration

      Why local integration is important for all those who arrive as refugees and migrants.

    • Aden's Journey: Week Six

      The final installment of Aden's Journey and your opportunity to comment.

    • End of week tasks

      Activities to conclude the final week of the course.

    • Final course activities

      Final activities to bring our course to its conclusion.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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.

Supporters

funded by

Giz

funded by

Swiss confederation

funded by

German cooperation

supported by

Harvard FXB

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