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Free courses for carers and professionals

CELCIS, working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and taskforces comprising of international child care agencies and NGOs, have developed a number of short massive open online courses (MOOCs). Each course runs from one to six weeks and are delivered free and online through the Futurelearn platform.

Each course is truly international in its outlook. To date, the four courses have attracted over 100,000 joiners from over 160 countries across the world.

Who are the courses for?

Each course is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners, managers, policymakers, or anyone with an interest in the care and protection of vulnerable children and their families.

How are courses delivered?

Each course has been designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to uphold the rights of children through a range of participatory and interactive learning methods, including storytelling, discussion boards, short films, interviews with experts from across the world, and quizzes. The wide range of learners enables contribution on an international scale and across a wide breadth of professional and personal experiences, meaning knowledge and experience can be expanded upon and applied to the contexts of children’s lives, and practice to uphold rights around the world. Participants are encouraged to take part in discussions and forums, to share experiences, ask questions, and connect with other joiners. They are supported by world renowned course leaders with extensive practical experience in the subject matters. The courses are provided by CELCIS, The Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, The University of Strathclyde and Future Learn.


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  Check out our latest courses 

Caring for vulnerable children: Elements and characteristics of child care practice

This course considers what we mean by risk and vulnerability, and is ideal for anyone supporting children and young people. The course covers attachment, development, communication, love and much more. We will think about how children grow and develop, and how we can provide them with meaningful relationships.You'll consider different possible interventions including Children's Hearing System.

This course is designed for people who work with children or in the childcare professions who want to expand their knowledge of the issues surrounding vulnerable children.

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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. Developed to engage all those working in or with an interest in alternative care and humanitarian response, this course will provide an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities that unaccompanied and separated children on the move face.

This course is designed for social workers, child protection professionals, teachers, border officials, medical workers, judges, lawyers and anyone working with children on the move. 

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Futurelearn: The power of social learning

FutureLearn was launched in 2013 and successfully partners with top international universities, specialist organisations and cultural institutions to offer online courses and degrees. They have attracted over seven million learners from around the world.

They offer a wide variety of courses - general skills based courses, professional and academic accreditation courses and full online degree courses - and they cover subjects as diverse as sustainable fashion to Robotics.

Contact us

University of Strathclyde, Curran Building, Level 6
94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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