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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. Sarah Hume-Anthony 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 26 December 2016 and Sunday 22 January 2017.

Booking is now open

Statement of Participation

Prove what you’ve learned with a certificate?

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development (where appropriate). This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

Certificate of Achievement

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