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Acknowledging the Working Group and Funding Bodies for their help in creating this course.

This course has been made possible thanks to the support of all the international agencies that are members of the Taskforce, including input on technical knowledge and financial contributions. The Taskforce is comprised of international agencies that work together on initiatives to promote the protection and care of children around the world.

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Our appreciation goes to the Government of Switzerland and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – Deutsche Zusammenarbeit (German Cooperation) for providing significant funding towards the development of the course.


Thanks go to Elizabeth Gibbons, Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha for their strategic advice and review of the course content. They are all members of the faculty at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

We would also like to thank Mike Dottridge, an independent consultant who supported the development and writing of this course, and Dr Nigel Cantwell for his invaluable contribution to the development of the course, especially on the subject of alternative care. For further information about the team at Harvard FXB and the consultants that supported the development of this course, please refer to the ‘Downloads’ section below.

There have been many people around the world who have supported the development of this course – too numerous to mention individually – to whom we send our grateful thanks. We would like to thank the staff of NGOs and UN agencies, parents, carers, government officers and others who gave their time to assist us in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mexico and Sicily. In addition, we would like to offer special thanks to colleagues at UNICEF in Mexico and UNHCR, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Innovative Humanitarian Solutions in Ethiopia, who facilitated our excellent visits there to film examples of promising practice.

We would also like to thank UNICEF for allowing us to use photographs and videos you will see throughout the course. Thanks also go to other members of the Taskforce who provided videos and reference materials.

Last but certainly not least, we would particularly like to thank the children and young people who have shared with us their thoughts and ideas that both informed the content of this course and provided the voices of child refugees and migrants you will hear reflected throughout the course.

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