FutureLearn is an awarded platform for online learning and now they have a new online course "Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children".
This course is about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and between countries. This course will provide an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face. It will inform the improvement of policy, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests. The course will provide examples of promising practice. It will stimulate the exchange of ideas and experience between learners around the world.
The course is available in three languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The registration process is now open and will last until May 27th, when the course starts. The course will last 6 weeks, requiring around 4 hours per week of study and is free of charge.
The course will cover 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 examples of suitable alternative care and support for unaccompanied and separated children being practiced around the world.
- The skills those working with unaccompanied and separated children on the move should have.
- How to fully assess needs and vulnerabilities of unaccompanied and separated children and 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?
The course will be of interest to you if you are a front line professional or a volunteer anywhere in the world working to offer care, protection and other support to unaccompanied and separated children on the move. For example, you might be a social worker, child protection professional, teacher, border official, medical worker, judge, lawyer or care worker. The course will be of significance if you are a policy maker, work for a government or non-governmental organisation or indeed, if you have any concern or responsibility for child protection and alternative care. You will also find this course useful if you are studying the topic of migration or, someone who would like to learn more about children who are travelling alone across and between borders.
Click on the link below for more information about the course, or click here to register!