FutureLearn, an awarded platform for online learning is now offering a new online course, ‘Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children.’
The course focuses on the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children moving across and between countries. It provides an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face, and aims to improve the policies, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests. The course will provide examples of promising practice, and will stimulate the exchange of ideas and experience between learners around the world.
This six-week course is available in three languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. It requires around 4 hours of study per week and is free of charge. Registration will be open until May 27th, when the course starts.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Why unaccompanied and separated children are on the move, the risks they face, and how best to respond to their circumstances.
- Understanding the importance of offering a range of suitable alternative care options in a country, and how this can offer protection to unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
- Illustrating international examples of suitable alternative care and support for unaccompanied and separated children.
- The skills those working with unaccompanied and separated children on the move should have.
- How to fully assess the needs and vulnerabilities of unaccompanied and separated children, and how to make decisions that are in their best interests.
- How to build coordination and cooperation between the humanitarian sector and alternative care professionals to improve responses to unaccompanied and separated children.
Who is it for?
This course is of interest for front-line professionals or volunteers anywhere in the world working to offer care, protection, and other support to unaccompanied and separated children on the move: social workers, child-protection professionals, teachers, border officials, medical workers, judges, lawyers, or care workers. The course will be of significance to policy makers, governmental or non-governmental organisation workers, or others concerned about or responsible for child protection and alternative care. Furthermore, anyone studying the topic of migration, or someone who would like to learn more about children who are travelling alone across and between borders would benefit from the course.
Click on the link below for more information, or click here to register!