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Caring for Vulnerable Children

University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn

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Found in Sociology
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $79 Certificate Available
  • Effort 4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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In times of shrinking public services, the task of caring for vulnerable children has never been more challenging. In this free online course, we’ll help you explore some of the issues involved.

We’ll consider what we mean by risk and vulnerability, as well as how we define good enough parenting. We’ll think about how children grow and develop, and how we can provide them with meaningful relationships and attachments.

We’ll go on to learn about the characteristics that define different methods of practice and consider different possible interventions.

We’ll conclude by reflecting on the current politics of caring for vulnerable children in a context of budget cuts and increasing child poverty.

This course will be suitable if you:

  • have no direct experience of the child care field, but want to develop your career towards it;
  • have recently entered the field and have little experience;
  • have some experience and are interested in developing your qualifications further;
  • find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.

Taught by

Graham McPheat

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Marie L
3.0 4 years ago
by Marie completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The information was brief. A good course for someone that is new to the topic. Most of the information was based in the UK and how their system ran.
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4.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I work in a secondary school and help children with a range of issues. Specifically my job to is check attendance. I look out for signs that a child might be an 'unofficial' carer for a parent/sibling; has anxiety; is unwell; why they overslept etc, that might have caused them to be late to school/absent.

The course reinforced some of the issues with students and the impact this has on their lives. I personally think it is an excellent study for anyone in education or counsellors or youth workers.

The course is not in anyway political or pushing its own agenda. It gives facts and lets the learner make their own decisions and thoughts.

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