Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsThey need support with being united with their families. They need education and healthcare. Care. They are children, mostly. So they need care. They need the support of their parents if they are still alive. And if they are not, those that could serve that purpose should give them the best care they can get. They deserve it. They need to be shown love, that the world is not a cruel place. And above all, they need the right to education. Primarily I would say, besides healthcare and nutrition, they need education. The most important for unaccompanied minors is to have a support. I think care, love.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsThat's what children need, especially unaccompanied, who might not always be with their parents, or have a guardian or a brother, or a sister or a friend. And I think especially when you're so young, that's exactly what you need. They need support for the education and health. Having someone there for them. I think it's mainly support with making their own voices heard. Young people on the move are very vulnerable, often disappointed, and insecure. So it's all about giving them more security, and about making sure that what is being told to them is actually what is going to happen. I think they need a lot of psychological and social support. Education, mental health support, and a loving and caring home.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsAside from counselling and psychological help, I'd say that cultural orientation would be really helpful, so that they can better adapt to their new surroundings and environment. Emotional stability. Hello, and welcome to the start of Week 4 of your course. In the past few weeks, we've been thinking about how we can best support unaccompanied and separated children, and those who have had to be separated from caregivers for protection reasons. This week we'll take a more detailed look at topics concerning the provision of different types of alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children whilst on the move, and also the arrival in a country of final destination.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsIn particular, we'll be studying some of the content of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and the accompanying handbook, Moving Forward. If you haven't yet read these documents, then I really recommend you try and read them this week. They're really relevant to the topics we will be covering in the rest of the course.

Skip to 2 minutes and 33 secondsAll over the world, unaccompanied separated children are being sent to live in different settings. Transit centres, emergency shelters, large children's homes, for example. The UN guidelines stress the importance of only using suitable care settings. So this week, we'll be considering the importance of what we call the Suitability Principle, and what this means in terms of providing the most appropriate alternative care settings for unaccompanied and separated children. We'll think about what makes a care setting suitable or unsuitable. I'll be asking you more questions. And I hope you'll be able to share any experience you might have had that has contributed to changing an unsuitable care setting into a suitable one.

Skip to 3 minutes and 18 secondsWhen we were developing the course, we had the opportunity to make some short films about examples of promising practise, including projects that provide suitable care for unaccompanied and separated children. The aim is to provide you with some practical ideas about projects that might be suitable for use or adaptation in your country. This week, you'll have the opportunity to watch more of these films, in which we'll see examples of different types of alternative care, including family-like care, such as foster care, and family-based care, such as living a small group residential home.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 secondsPlease continue to share your thoughts and ideas by posting your comments, as well as participating in a poll that you'll be asked to do in the middle of the course this week. Enjoy.

Welcome to Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of your course.

In this video, Chrissie Gale, your Lead Educator, introduces the topics we will be covering. Before this, we hear from from Miriane, Gian, Toyib, Bassey, Lina, Neils, Carl, Rio, Meher, Natalie, Anjuli, Roxanne, Charlotte and Chan answering the question: What do unaccompanied and separated children on the move most need support with?

This week we will examine topics concerning the provision of alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children while on the move and at their arrival in a country of final destination. The forms of alternative care we’ll study will also be relevant for a child who may be accompanied but is identified as being at risk of harm and therefore provided alternative care.

In particular, we will be studying the content of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read the UN Guidelines then try to do so this week. It will really help with the topics we are going to be considering.

We will consider the importance of the ‘suitability’ principle and what this means in terms of providing the most appropriate alternative care settings for unaccompanied and separated children. This includes standards that define whether a care setting is suitable or unsuitable. We will also provide you with some examples of promising practice of care for unaccompanied and separated children that are being used in several different countries. This includes some short films we made especially for this course.

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

  • How we determine whether an alternative care setting is suitable
  • How we determine whether an alternative care setting is unsuitable
  • Different suitable forms of alternative care that might be made available for unaccompanied and separated children while in transit and at their final country of destination. These forms of care are also applicable to accompanied children separated for protection reasons

If you’ve raced ahead and want to look back at earlier comments you can click on this link or click on Comments below and sort by ‘oldest’.

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 may 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