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Welcome to the course

Welcome to ‘Caring for Vulnerable Children’ - a six-week online course being run by the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).

Graham McPheat, Senior Teaching Fellow in Social Work at Strathclyde, will be leading us through the six weeks. Ainsley Hainey is the host for this course and will be helping at the Google Hangouts, managing the Twitter account and keeping an eye on discussions.

If you use social media you can follow us on Twitter @FL_children and use the hashtag #FLChildren to follow the conversations.

We’d also be grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey to help us understand more about who’s taking the course and what we can do to improve it.

Through the course we use the story of a vulnerable child called Billy. So unlike some other FutureLearn courses, we open the course a week at a time to enable us to reflect on the direction our thinking is going in. We also don’t want to spoil our examination of the issues outlined in Billy’s story by giving too much away too soon. We’re very happy to welcome all of you and hope that exciting discussions are generated.

Prove your learning: Take an exam

On this course, there is an opportunity to test your understanding of the course material by sitting an exam. If you successfully pass the exam, you’ll earn a FutureLearn Statement of Attainment - a beautiful university-branded certificate as verified proof of your learning and your score in the exam.

We have over 4,000 test centres worldwide, so wherever you are, you should be able to take the exam at a location near you.

You can sit the exam between Monday 14 March and Sunday 3 April 2016.

Booking is now open

Statement of Attainment

Get a Statement of Participation

If you complete the majority of steps on the course and attempt every test question, you will be eligible to purchase a Statement of Participation, which comes in the form of a printed certificate.

This is a great way to show your interest in the subject, your commitment to your career, or as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A Statement of Participation is also a great souvenir!

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