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University of Strathclyde launches free online course on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children is a course developed by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and is offered for free by FutureLearn. The course is designed to identify and address issues surrounding unaccompanied migrant and refugee children who are crossing national and international borders.

The majority of these children face unprecedented challenges, and authorities in various countries are failing to implement quality solutions. The aim of this course is to facilitate improvements in policies and procedures of support services provided aiming to help these children. The course is sponsored by the Caring for Children Moving Alone MOOC Taskforce, which is a combination of international agencies that cooperate to promote the protection of children in vulnerable circumstances.

The main objectives of the course include a comprehensive overview of the root causes of separated and unaccompanied children, the specific risk faced by these children, and the importance of providing them with a wide range of appropriate care options. The course also explores the skills those working with unaccompanied refugee and migrant children should cultivate and focuses on strategies designed to promote decisions that work in the best interests of each individual child.

This course is available in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish. The first course begins on May 27, 2019, but like most FutureLearn courses, it will be available on multiple occasions. All FutureLearn courses happen online and are open to participants from all over the world who are 13 years of age and older. Designed for professionals and volunteers working directly with children in these circumstances, this course is led by Dr Chrissie Gale. Dr. Gale brings 30 years of experience working as a child protection professional on an international level and is currently the head of the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.

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