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COVID-19: Adapting Child Protection Case Management

Get practical guidance on how to adapt child protection case management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn how to adapt child protection case management during Covid-19

On this course, you’ll enhance your understanding of the heightened protection risks and vulnerabilities that children are facing around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll learn how to adapt child protection case management and discover why it’s vital that child protection caseworkers and other service providers work in partnership to make sure there is a collective response to protecting a child.

The course will provide examples of promising practice and will stimulate the exchange of ideas and experience between learners around the world.


  • Week 1

    Adapting child protection case management

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the course, who we are and what you'll be learning

    • Child protection risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

      Risk factors for children during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Child protection case management

      An introduction to adapting child protection case management during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Working together to respond to child protection risks

      Working within a national child protection system and with community-based child protection groups

    • Adapting child protection case management during the COVID-19 pandemic

      Guidance on ways to adapt child protection case management during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Case Management and alternative care

      The risks children face of being placed in alternative care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting children already in care.

    • Full and meaningful participation

      The participation of children and young people in decision-making

    • Data sharing and confidentiality

      Sharing information in a confidential manner and seeking consent

    • Staying safe and caring for the carers

      Your safety and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • End of course tasks

      Final activities to bring our course to its conclusion.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply and adapt the components of child protection case management during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Explore ways to encourage and ensure coordination and cooperation across different service providers and working through an inter-sectoral approach during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect children
  • Reflect on ways to safely facilitate child protection case management with children and their care givers, including through remote communication
  • Discuss ways that workers can maintain their own safety and well-being

Who is the course for?

This course is available in English, with French, Spanish, and Arabic transcripts.

The course is designed for child protection case workers and managers. It will also be of interest to anyone working as a front line professional or volunteers within government bodies, international agencies and national non-governmental organisations to provide services that can protect children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, you might work to provide a range of services including health, education, social protection, law enforcement, food distribution and other necessary provision.

The course will also be helpful if you are working to provide alternative care for a child during the pandemic, or you are a member of a community-level group playing a role in protecting children during this time.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Chrissie Gale has spent over 26 years working as a child protection specialist in different countries around the world. For 4 years she led the international work of CELCIS. She is now a consultant

Who developed the course?

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.


CELCIS improves children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

Endorsers and supporters

funded by

Swiss confederation

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