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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello and a warm welcome to the first week of your course, Caring for Vulnerable Children. My name is Graham McPheat, and I'm going to be the leader of your course over the next six weeks. The focus of our first week is vulnerability and risk. We start by thinking about what are some of the circumstances that lead to children and young people to be assessed as being vulnerable and at risk, and lead to the conclusion that they're in need of care and protection. This will involve thinking about definitions of terms such as vulnerability, risk, and the concept of good enough parenting. We'll also think about how these terms-- vulnerability, risk, good enough parenting-- are very culturally specific.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsAnd by that, I mean the fact that in different countries and in different settings there will be different understandings of vulnerability, risk, what we consider to be good enough parenting. From there, we'll move on to thinking about some of the challenges that are involved in managing this vulnerability and risk. And we'll ask you, the participants to engage in an exercise where you rank issues of vulnerability and risk and to think about the factors that influence your decisions, and why you rate some more or less risky than others. We'll finish by thinking about the relationship between poverty and risk. And also the rule that the media plays in shaping attitudes towards vulnerability, risk, and risk management.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsWe hope that you enjoy the week.

Welcome to week 1

In week 1, you will start by learning what we mean and understand by the terms vulnerability and risk.

You’ll begin to think about the possible circumstances that lead children and young people to be assessed as vulnerable and at risk and being in need of care and protection. This will involve thinking about concepts of vulnerability, risk and good enough parenting. You’ll also consider how concepts such as these are context specific and can vary depending on culture and setting.

From here we will begin to reflect upon some of the challenges that are involved in managing issues of vulnerability and risk for children and young people and you will engage in an exercise where you rank different scenarios in terms of risk, reflecting upon the factors which cause you to come to your conclusions.

We will also consider the relationship between poverty and risk as well as the role of the media in shaping attitudes towards vulnerability, risk and risk management.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

University of Strathclyde

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