Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWell done for getting to the end of Week 2 of your course. Again, thank you for all your comments and the interesting information you've shared. The ideas and experiences you share are such an important part of this course as this is another way we can all learn from each other.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsThis week, we reviewed and discussed the importance of identifying a child as a child, and especially those who are unaccompanied and separated. Indeed, we should remember the possible serious consequences for children if this is not done correctly. We considered the importance of working together. This was referred to as intersectoral working. You might be an immigration official, police, a social worker, a teacher, maybe a care worker or a volunteer. Whatever your role, we've learned how we all share responsibility for caring for children, and how we should place a child at the centre of all our work together. And we realised it's not only what we do but how we do it that's really important.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 secondsWe read about how a high percentage of unaccompanied, separated children never come into contact with any support services during their entire journey. Indeed, I've interviewed children who've moved alone, and the only person they came into contact with were smugglers. This has to change.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsI hope you found the information and the steps on case management and tools we can use, including assessments and care plans, really useful. And what about Aden? How are decisions being made about his life, and are they the best decisions for his care and protection? Let's see what happens next week.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsJust a couple more steps to complete, and that will be the end of this week's course. Please don't forget keep posting your comments. It's a great way of sharing and learning from each other. Thank you.

Looking back on Week 2

Well done for getting to the end of Week 2 of your course. Thank you for all your comments and the interesting information you have shared. It has been really interesting to read about your ideas, questions, experiences, and challenges. The comments and ideas you share are a very important part of this course because this is another way we can learn from each other.

This week we reviewed and discussed the importance of conducting assessments and collecting information about a child to make well informed decisions about their care, protection, and support in accessing other services.

We want to make sure everyone who has a role to play in the lives of unaccompanied and separated children, including, for example, immigration officials, police, social workers, care workers, teachers, health workers, volunteers, all work together in a coordinated way and in a spirit of cooperation. We looked at how we should place a child at the centre of all our work, so that, collectively, we can make sure they receive the right support and care.

We heard from children and young people themselves about why their full and meaningful participation in decision making that affects their lives is important.

We learnt more about Aden’s journey since he left his family and some of the terrible challenges he faced.

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

  • 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

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

In the next step, you will be able to test what you have learnt this week. For your information, this quiz is only available in English. Remember, 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