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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn


Learn about unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant 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 and is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

This free course’s revenue will be donated to Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

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.


  • Unaccompanied and Separated Children on the Move
    • Welcome to the course
    • Welcome to Week 1
    • Why children are on the move
    • Risks to unaccompanied and separated children on the move
    • International guidance
    • Aden's Journey: Episode One
    • End of week tasks
  • Making Decisions
    • Welcome to the week
    • Identifying an unaccompanied and separated child
    • Making the right decisions - The importance of case management
    • Assessments
    • Care and Protection Plans
    • Children's participation
    • Aden's Journey: Episode Two
    • End of week tasks
  • Providing the Best Support
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Guiding principles
    • Working in a child friendly manner
    • Working together
    • Aden's Journey: Episode Three
    • End of week tasks
  • Alternative Care
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • The alternative care of children
    • Unsuitable care settings
    • Meeting the challenge of unsuitable care
    • Suitable care
    • Family based care
    • Small residential care settings
    • Aden's Journey: Episode Four
    • End of week tasks
  • Getting Care Right
    • Welcome to Week 5
    • Kinship care
    • Guardianship
    • Ending the placement of children on the move in detention
    • Children who go missing
    • Aden's Journey: Episode Five
    • End of week tasks
  • Leaving Care
    • Welcome to Week 6
    • Leaving care
    • Family reunification
    • Transition to independent living
    • Planning for leaving care
    • Social integration
    • Aden's Journey: Week Six
    • End of week tasks
    • Final course activities

Taught by

Chrissie Gale


4.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 130 ratings

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