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Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Monday 21 September 2020

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Our successful MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) uses UN Guidelines as a framework to help you to ensure that alternative care is a necessary, suitable and positive experience for children.

Learning from alternative care specialists from CELCIS, UNICEF and the UN, 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
  • How children and young people who are leaving care can best be supported

We will also consider: 

  • The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and how to apply them
  • The concepts of necessity and suitability as it is applied to alternative care
  • How to apply full and meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions about their care
  • Good practice in prevention of family separation, provision of suitable alternative care, family reunification and the process of leaving care
  • The aims and practice of Gatekeeping
  • The aims and practice of Deinstitutionalisation

Who should take this course?

  • Practitioners
  • Policymakers 
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Medical workers and care workers, including those in family-based and residential settings
  • Community support workers
  • Lawyers
  • Psychologists
  • Child protection professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in this area

No special software is required and the course is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

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.

The Getting Care Right for All Children MOOC is delivered through FutureLearn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS.

The course is run over six weeks, and you can choose where and when you learn.

Interested? Find out how FutureLearn courses work

Event details

Cost: FREE
Location: Online
Starts: Monday 21 September 2020
Time required: Four hours a week
Duration: Six weeks

Contact Organiser

Contact Sarah:

0141 444 8517

Contact us

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

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