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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsI think that everyone in every situation should always be treated with care and dignity. And when it comes to people on the move and then especially children we see a very vulnerable group that needs extra attention and extra care. First of all because they're human beings. And most importantly because they're vulnerable. I believe that children and youth should be treated with dignity because they have to develop their personality. And it is very important to feel they have the dignity to do so. Because it's a right for every human being. Because they want, all of them, love. They want, all of them, all the care that they deserve. Like everyone says, like youth and also children are our future.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsSo if we expect to have a better future we need to take care of this future today. Because nobody decides their fate. Many of these children, they found themselves in this situation. So they deserve the best they can get from us because they didn't decide their own situations. Everyone has human rights. So a child is a child is a child. I think unaccompanied minors and children should be treated with care and dignity because children are arguably the most vulnerable group. In short because they are children and they should be treated as such. As well as having their rights covered by the Rights of the Child. Because they are the most vulnerable population within the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsAnd it is our duty as those in power and fortune to look after those who need it. Hello, and welcome to Week 2 of your course. I hope you found Week 1 interesting. I also hope whatever your role-- perhaps you're a social worker, a border guard, a student, maybe a care worker, lawyer, or even a government policy maker, or someone else who has a role to play in the care of unaccompanied separated children-- that you find the content of this week really useful. This week we're going to explore the importance of identifying those children who are unaccompanied or separated. So we can offer them the care, protection, and other services they're entitled to.

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 secondsThinking about how can we make the best decisions for their care and protection, we're going to study the process of case management. This is a process that includes different tools and methods. So we can carefully assess the individual needs and wishes of unaccompanied separated children and respond appropriately. We'll also consider how to develop care plans for children. So there's an exact understanding and agreement between different service providers, what they will each provide a child. Most importantly, when we were developing this course, unaccompanied and separated children on the move told us that feeling cared for and being safe and trusted was so important to them.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 secondsSo we'll be thinking about the way we work with children including making sure children have the opportunity to participate in decisions being made about their lives. And how we work with them in a child friendly manner. Also, while we were making the course, we had the opportunity to film children and young people in different countries telling us what their hopes and wishes were. And this week, we'll hear what they said about the importance of their participation in decision making. Once again, there'll be plenty of opportunities throughout the week to hear from you about your work. Including opportunities you have and challenges you may be facing.

Skip to 3 minutes and 25 secondsPlease continue to share your ideas about how we might improve the situation for children in our care. I so look forward to reading your comments as well as your reaction to the next episode we will see of Aden's story. Good luck.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of your course. This week we will start to explore the importance of how we make sure we assess and provide the most appropriate alternative care and support for unaccompanied and separated children.

In this video, Chrissie Gale, your Lead Educator, introduces the topics we will be covering. Before this, we hear from Natalie, Mariane, Wennes, Unurk, Bassey, Gian, Toyib, Carl, Anjuli, Charlotte and Roxanne, answering the question: Why should we treat unaccompanied and separated children on the move with care and dignity?

This week we will consider the importance of identifying unaccompanied and separated children. We will also discuss the different components of case management. This includes providing ideas and guidance on how we can use assessments to help make accurate decisions about the most suitable care and other support for unaccompanied and separated children. This guidance is also applicable for children who are travelling accompanied but for whom there may be protection concerns.

There will be plenty of opportunities to hear from you about your work, the challenges you may be facing, and to share your ideas about how we might improve the situation for unaccompanied and separated children.

By the end of this week we hope you will feel comfortable with the following topics:

  • The importance of identifying unaccompanied or separated children as well as accompanied children at risk of harm
  • What is case management, including initial and comprehensive alternative care and protection assessments
  • The development, implementation and monitoring of Care and Protection Plans
  • The importance of participation of children and young people in decision making

Qualtrics Survey

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 future MOOCs we develop for you and your colleagues. In addition, all the support we receive to create this MOOC comes from different international organisations. They ask 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 independent survey that is being run by 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 questions. 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 below.

Thank you so much.

This is an external qualtrics poll that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

Click HERE to complete the survey.

Once you are into the qualtrics poll you will need to click on the arrow on the top right of the box that says ‘English’ to choose your preferred language.

Note that completion of the survey is anonymous and responses will not be used outside of the course. Completion will have no impact on your progress in the course. If you would prefer not to take part, please mark this step as complete and move on to the next step.

If you have any further questions about the survey poll, please contact CELCIS. This survey poll is being undertaken by CELCIS and the University of Strathclyde and all response data is managed in accordance with the University of Strathclyde’s terms and conditions governing data collection and use which can be viewed here

Spanish, French and Arabic translations of all course pages are available as ‘Downloads’ below. In the ‘Downloads’ you will also find a copy of the Terminology document that you might wish to refer to as you move through the course.

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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde