Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello and congratulations. You're now halfway through the course and already you've covered so many topics in relation to the alternative care and protection of unaccompanied and separated children, and those unfortunately separated from parents or other carers' protection whilst on the move. Again, I want to keep thanking you for all the comments you've been posting. It's been interesting to hear about the services for unaccompanied and separated children in your country. And thank you also for sharing positive ways you're overcoming some of the challenges. This is really helpful. This week, we explored some of the guiding principles found in international and national policy and guidance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsThis guidance is relevant because it was developed by contributions and recommendations from experts across the world aiming to help us in our work when we support unaccompanied and separated children on the move, whether they're in transit, temporarily in a country, or once they've reached a country final destination. We also considered the importance of creating a caring and child friendly environment, both in terms of the physical environment and the way we relate and communicate with children. We've understood how important this is to children and how it's one way we might encourage them to receive our support as well as preventing them from running away into possible dangerous and hazardous situations.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsWe discussed the importance of working together in the framework of a national child protection system. This means particularly if we work for a national or international non-governmental organisation, how we should be doing our best whenever possible to support the development of national systems and services rather than creating parallel ones for unaccompanied and separated children. I hope the topics you've covered this week will be of some real use to you. And I look forward to seeing you again at the start of Week 4.

Looking back on Week 3

Welcome to the end of Week 3 of your course. Once again, thank you for all your comments and the interesting information you have shared. It is great to see the interaction and how you are responding to the questions and ideas that are coming up in the comments you are providing.

This week we explored some of the guiding principles found in international and national legislation, treaties, policies, and guidance. We also considered the importance of working in a child friendly manner.

We discussed the importance of working together in the framework of a national child protection system. We also identified how, whenever possible, international and non-governmental organisations should support the development of national care and protection systems and services where they are weak, rather than creating parallel systems.

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

  • Some of the internationally agreed principles that guide our work with children including those of:
    • Do no harm
    • Safeguarding
    • Best interests of the child
    • Informed Consent
    • Confidentiality
    • Non-discrimination
    • Non-refoulement
  • Working in a child friendly manner
  • The importance of working within national child protection and alternative care systems

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