Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children. Free online course

Produced by CELCIS – the Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection - at the University of Strathclyde [Glasgow, UK] and delivered through FutureLearn

The course was created with 16 leading international humanitarian and children’s rights organisations, including the UNHCR, UNICEF, and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The course starts on 10 February 2020, and is open to anyone working in or with an interest in the care and protection needs of unaccompanied and separated children and young people.

What will I learn?

The course will equip learners with an understanding of how to discern and respond to the needs, circumstances and wishes of unaccompanied and separated children on the move as well as those at risk of separation. This includes resources and information to support prevention of family/primary caregiver separation; prevention of unnecessary placement of a child in alternative care; and, when such care is necessary, ensuring the availability of suitable alternative care. 

The course uses a combination of written and video content, with examples of real-life circumstances and promising practice in Mexico, Ethiopia and Sicily, and a fictionalised story to take learners through the application of the new learning they acquire as the course unfolds.

Who is the course for?

This free online course has been developed to engage all those working in or with an interest in alternative care and humanitarian response. It is designed to address gaps in the knowledge, skills and capacities of front line workers, including:

  • humanitarian workers
  • social workers 
  • foster carers
  • teachers
  • border staff and migration officers
  • lawyers
  • doctors and nurses
  • volunteers
  • policy makers
  • anyone else who has a responsibility and interest in protecting and promoting appropriate care for unaccompanied and separated children on the move

The course is entirely free and accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Course participants will be able to learn at their own pace and share ideas, concerns and examples of practice.

The course can be studied in four international languages: English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

Please circulate this email to staff and volunteers you know who could benefit from this free six-week online course, and join the thousands of learners from over 150 countries across the globe who have already taken part.

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