Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, and well done for completing the first week of your course. I know it's been a lot of information, but I really hope you found it interesting.

Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsJust to recap the topics we covered, including: recognition of unaccompanied and separated children on the move, some of the reasons they're travelling alone, and the risks they face. It's important information, because it sets the scene for what we will learn in the rest of the course and our consideration of the most suitable alternative care and protection and support for these children. We've looked at some of the guidance in international treaties and agreements related to unaccompanied and separated children, including the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children. The guidelines provide us with a framework accepted by countries around the world that recommends how we protect children's rights in relation to alternative care.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsIf you haven't already done so, I really recommend you read the guidelines. It will help you with the rest of the course. You were also introduced to Aden's story and the reasons he left his family. This story will continue to unfold throughout the course and let's see what happens next. Thank you so much for your willingness to share thoughts and ideas with each other by posting really interesting comments throughout the week. It means it's been a great opportunity to interact and respond with each other, as well as reacting to some of the topics in the course. Please keep sharing your comments with us. So you've almost completed Week 1, just a few more steps to go.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsAnd I really hope you're excited to move on to step two of your course.

Looking back on Week 1

Thank you for participating in Week 1 of this course. We know it has been a lot of information but we hope you found it interesting.

This week we thought about some of the reasons children are on the move and the risks and challenges they face. This is important information as it sets the scene for what we will learn in the rest of the course, and our consideration of the most suitable alternative care, protection and support for these children.

We shared information on how international agreements, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, can help inform and guide our work.

We also learnt about the ‘necessity’ and ‘suitability’ principles. These principles can guide us in why and how we make decisions about the care of children, and we will be looking at them, and what they mean for our work, in much more detail later in the course.

We heard from children and young people themselves, and over the next few weeks we will learn more about why listening to them is so important.

We were also introduced to Aden and his family. Each week we will see more of Aden’s journey.

Thank you for all the discussions you have contributed to. It has been really interesting to read about your ideas.

We hope you now feel comfortable engaging in the following issues:

  • Which children are ‘children on the move’ and which ones are ‘unaccompanied’ or ‘separated’
  • Understanding the wide range of reasons why unaccompanied and separated children are on the move
  • The estimated numbers of children on the move in different parts of the world
  • The risks that unaccompanied and separated children face
  • An understanding of some of the key international guidelines which form the framework for response to and protection of unaccompanied and separated children
  • Acknowledging the dilemmas and challenges in our work to support unaccompanied and separated children and finding suitable alternative care for them

A document with links to all of the resources that have been used this week is available for you in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

We have almost completed Week 1 - just a few more steps to go….

In the next step we will be able to test what we have learnt this week. For your information, this quiz is only available in English. You can attempt the quiz as many times as you like until you get the correct answers.

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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde