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This content is taken from the University of Strathclyde & CELCIS's online course, Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second Congratulations. You’ve now almost finished your course. This week, we’ve been able to share some ideas about ways to support children moving out of their alternative care placements. This has helped us realise that assessing needs and preparing plans for leaving care can be just as important as those preparations when they first arrive. We also heard about some of the challenges children and young people face when forging a new independent life for themselves. Gaining this understanding helps us realise the need for preparation and the types of support they might need, particularly because of the additional challenges unaccompanied and separated children and young people face. And we saw the final conclusion to Aden’s story. This has been quite a journey we’ve witnessed.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds From your comments and feedback, I know this story both upset and inspired some of you, and you recognise how this drama reflects a reality, both good and bad, for unaccompanied and separated children on the move. I want to particularly thank Mohammed, who played the role of Aden. Mohammed is a young man I met who had been an unaccompanied child and whose strength and determination to overcome so many different challenges inspired me to write the story of Aden’s journey. When we were looking for an actor to play the role, we couldn’t find the right person, so we were delighted when Mohammed said he would like to do it.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds He told me he wanted to play the role of Aden, so he could let people know how important it is we improve the support for all unaccompanied and separated children around the world who are still on their journey, and for those who will be travelling in future. Thank you, Mohammed. Once again, there have been some really interesting ideas and suggestions that you shared during the discussions this week. Thank you so much for this. So now, you just have a few more course steps to complete and you’ll be finished.

Looking back on Week 6

Congratulations on almost reaching the end of Week 6 - the final week of your course.

This week we’ve considered the steps we should take to support children and young people leaving alternative care. We realised that careful planning and support for children and young people leaving care is important, especially when we identify the many challenges they face.

Once again, there have been some really interesting ideas and suggestions that you have shared during the discussions. Thank you for your contributions.

We also watched the conclusion of Aden’s Journey and I am sure you are all very relieved Aden was reunited with his family. We hope this story has been an effective way to illustrate some of the topics we covered in the course.

At the end of this week’s course, we hope you feel comfortable engaging in the following issues:

  • How to support unaccompanied and separated children and young people when leaving different care settings
  • 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

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

There are just a few more steps and we will have completed the course.

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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde