Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

What will we learn?

Read an outline of the week's learning objectives.
young woman sitting outdoors
© University of Strathclyde

This week our focus concerns what happens when it is assessed that children and young people are so vulnerable and at risk that they can’t continue to stay in their family home.

After completing this week you will begin to feel comfortable engaging with the following questions:

  • What alternative forms of care exist (kinship care, foster care, residential child care, adoption) and what do they consist of?
  • What is the Children’s Hearings System?
  • What happens at a Children’s Hearing?
  • What sort of decisions can be made by a Children’s Hearing?

To achieve this you will listen to talks that introduce the Children’s Hearings System and the sorts of interventions that may be implemented when children and young people can no longer stay in the family home. You will read about these different forms of intervention, the Children’s Hearings System and the demands and challenges of being a young carer. By doing this you will be able to reflect upon the different possible responses that can be enacted when caring for vulnerable children.

© University of Strathclyde
This article is from the free online

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education