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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second Hello again. Congratulations for getting to the end of your course. I really hope you found the information we shared with you was interesting, but most of all I hope it would be really helpful in whatever role you play in protecting and supporting children at this time. At the beginning of the course we thought about protection risks that children might be facing and how they might be heightened because of the challenges being posed during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly if you’re in lockdown, socially distancing, and there’s a lack of access or complete closure of services. We thought about the importance of still being able to identify children for whom there may be protection risks, and referring them to authorised child protection agencies.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds In that manner we thought about how children themselves might reach out for support through child help lines, and how it’s important that children caregivers and members of the community and other service providers know exactly how and where to refer children to. We also looked at risk thresholds and how important it is if there is a very high risk of protection concern that you are still able to reach children in face-to-face contact in a safe manner. And how important it is to advocate with governments that Child Protection and Case Management is still part of the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also thought about ways to reach children and to communicate with them if you have to do that remotely.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds And in everything we do in assessing children’s situation, in following up with them, and also making sure they receive all the services and support and protection they require, that we always bear in mind best interests of the child, that they participate in decision-making, and most importantly we consider the ‘Do No Harm’ principle. I’d particularly like to thank Richard, Sara, Sofia and Sophie for sharing very practical examples of how Child Protection Case Management is being adapted in different countries. And most of all I want to thank you for using the discussion board. Thank you for posting your comments, ideas and discussion with other colleagues right across the world. I hope you found that beneficial. So wherever you are please stay safe.

Skip to 2 minutes and 36 seconds And thank you for all the work you’re undertaking to make sure children stay protected during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you.

Looking back on the course

One of the main themes of the course has been the importance of offering the best possible, protection, care and support to all children at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we have thought about different ways to adapt child protection case management during this time.

We began the course by understanding the different protection risks children might face, and how these may have been added to, and heightened, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We then considered the importance of child protection case management and the role of child protection caseworkers. Most importantly we have examined some ways case management is being adapted to address the challenges being posed during the pandemic.

We recognised how child protection case workers work with colleagues from other services, and with community-based child protection groups. We thought about different roles and responsibilities during this time, and how everyone should have the necessary skills and training to carry them out.

This included ways to identify and refer children for whom there may be a protection concern. We also thought about the careful assessment of each child’s individual circumstances and overcoming obstacles when no longer able to reach children in the usual way. Finally, we asked you to think about your own well-being and safety.

We have been fortunate to hear about real examples of how child protection case management is being adapted and implemented during COVID-19 in different parts of the world. And we hope the additional reading materials we provided have been helpful to you.

We do understand the challenges you may be facing in reaching and supporting children for whom there are child protection risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that the guidance we have offered will be of some assistance.

Finally, thank you so much for all your comments and the contributions you have made to the course. The opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge enriches the course and helps us all learn ways in which we might better protect and support children at this time.

Future Courses

If you found this course useful and interesting, you might like to tell your colleagues that we will be running the course again later in the year.

You also might want to join us later in the year when we will be running two other courses about the protection and alternative care of children. For more details about these MOOCs, and to register your interest, you can access the courses below:

  1. Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

  2. Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

How did the course work for you?

The course team is especially keen to hear about your overall experience on the course, what you found helpful, and interesting. We would also like to know if there is anything that we have discussed during the course that will now make you think about the work you do and whether it could be done in a different way?

Please share your thoughts and ideas about how you could practically apply what you are beginning to learn in the discussion below.

Finally, we have really enjoyed delivering the course and we wish you all the very best in your work with children. We also hope that you, your family, friends, and colleagues all stay safe and well.

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COVID-19: Adapting Child Protection Case Management

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