Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

Ensure that alternative care is necessary, suitable and positive for children.

Taking the UN Guidelines as a framework, this free online course will help you gain insight into how the unnecessary placement of a child in alternative care can be prevented; how alternative care can constitute a suitable, positive experience for a child when it is necessary; and how children and young people who are leaving care can best be supported. Learn with alternative care specialists from CELCIS, UNICEF and the UN.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 – Introduction to the Guidelines, the Principles, and Gatekeeping
  • Week 2 – Upholding the ‘necessity principle’: Supporting and Strengthening Families
  • Week 3 – Upholding the ‘necessity principle’: High-Risk Children and Gatekeeping
  • Week 4 – Upholding the ‘suitability principle’: Selecting from a Range of Formal Care Settings
  • Week 5 – Upholding the ‘suitability principle’: Deinstitutionalisation
  • Week 6 – Leaving Care

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for practitioners and policymakers from both state and non-state bodies (such as NGOs, CBOs and private service providers) and anyone working in providing services around children’s care.

This might include social workers, para-social workers, community support workers, lawyers, psychologists, child protection professionals, teachers, medical workers and care workers, including those in family-based and residential settings.

The course will also be accessible for people not working directly in this field and others with an interest or responsibility in the field of child protection and child care.

The course will be conducted in English with some course materials (including text and videos) also accessible in Spanish and French, reflecting the truly global nature of this issue.

Who developed the course?

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.

CELCIS

CELCIS improves children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.