Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsPreparation. They need to be prepared while they're getting the care to become adults. Respecting their choices, making them see different options, and guiding them or supporting them through whatever decision they make henceforth. Give them a platform where they can be the best that they can be. Innovate and change their lives for good. Training them life skills, everything from cooking to how to take the public transportation to how to apply for jobs and further schooling. Everyone's different to some extent. And you need to address that individual. Being adult is not only about age. But it's also about how you feel about things. So there's definitely a longer period of time when you will need support.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsAnd when you especially will need support for this transition. I think a slow, progressive transition so that they don't lose all the support that they've had overnight, which would be rather jarring and shocking for anyone. It's the kind of things that you would prepare any child with, but like beyond that, like career, finance, health, education. Education. So the best thing we can do is give them an identity and making them feel part of that new nation. In this final week, we'll finish by exploring some of the issues related to unaccompanied and separated children and young people leaving the place where they've been in alternative care.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsIn this topic of leaving care, we're going to think about some of the reasons children and young people leave their alternative care unexpectedly and the ways we can support them before, during, and after they leave. This information will be relevant for unaccompanied and separated children who are leaving care while still in transit or after they've reached their final country of destination. And indeed, this might also be because they're returning home for family reunification. During the week, we'll also discuss some of the challenges young people face when they reach an age they're no longer entitled to remain in their alternative care placement. And we'll consider the serious impact this might have on their lives.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 secondsWhilst we explore these ideas, I hope you'll, again, also share some of your own experiences working with unaccompanied and separated young people and children who are leaving care and help us with ideas about how we might improve our work. You'll be able to watch more short films and this time about projects in different countries where unaccompanied and separated children and young people are being supported whilst moving from alternative care perhaps into semi-independent accommodation or into independent living. For example, there's a really inspiring film of one young man in Mexico who kindly showed us into his flat he now lives in all alone while still receiving support from the workers of an NGO that provided him the accommodation.

Skip to 2 minutes and 56 secondsWe'll finally complete the course by looking back at the topics you've explored over the past six weeks. I hope you enjoy this final week.

Welcome to Week 6

Welcome to Week 6, the final week of your course ‘Caring for Children Moving Alone’.

In this video we hear Mariane, Toyib, Bassey, Lina, Carl, Natalie, Roxanne, Mehur, Gian and Augusto, answering the question: When a young person has to leave care, what is the most important thing we should support them with? Chrissie also explains the contents of this week’s course.

This week we will be thinking about planning and support with, and for, unaccompanied and separated children and young people when they leave the alternative care placement they have been residing in.

Support to care leavers is applicable during and after they leave their alternative care placement. This can mean ongoing support after they reach the age of 18. For this reason, you will see how we will be referring to young people as well as children this week. For the purposes of this course we will use the UN definition of a young person. A UN definition of youth is anyone between the age of 15 and 24 years.

We will also be referring to the time a young person reaches the legal age when, in a country, they must leave their alternative care setting. This is referred to as ‘ageing out’ of care.

We will be fortunate enough to meet a young man in Mexico who has moved from full time care into a semi-independent living situation. We will also consider the topic of family reunification and have the opportunity to see short films made in refugee camps in Northern Ethiopia.

Finally, we will summarise the topics we have covered throughout the six weeks of your course and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on your learning experience.

We hope you enjoy the final week of your course, and please do continue to post your comments and share your ideas so we can keep on learning from each other.

By the end of the week

We hope the topics in this week’s course will help you feel comfortable engaging in the following issues:

  • How to support unaccompanied and separated children and young people when they leave different care settings
  • What are the topics and issues we should consider when helping children and young people plan for leaving care
  • How planning for leaving care can help individual care leavers

Good luck with your final week.

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 finish the last week of the course.

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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde