Ensure that alternative care is necessary, suitable and positive for children.
Taking the UN Guidelines as a framework, 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; and how children and young people who are leaving care can best be supported. Learn with alternative care specialists from CELCIS, UNICEF and the UN.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1 - Introduction to the Guidelines, the Principles, and Gatekeeping
- Week 2 - Upholding the ‘necessity principle’: Supporting and Strengthening Families
- Week 3 - Upholding the ‘necessity principle’: High-Risk Children and Gatekeeping
- Week 4 - Upholding the ‘suitability principle’: Selecting from a Range of Formal Care Settings
- Week 5 - Upholding the ‘suitability principle’: Deinstitutionalisation
- Week 6 - Leaving Care
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Understanding the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and how to apply them
- Understanding the concepts of necessity and suitability as it is applied to alternative care
- Understanding how to apply full and meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions about their care
- Understanding policy requirements for the implementation of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
- Understanding good practice in prevention of family separation, provision of suitable alternative care, family reunification and the process of leaving care
- Understanding the aims and practice of Gatekeeping
- Understanding the aims and practice of deinstitutionalisation
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for practitioners and policymakers from both state and non-state bodies (such as NGOs, CBOs and private service providers) and anyone working in providing services around children’s care.
This might include social workers, para-social workers, community support workers, lawyers, psychologists, child protection professionals, teachers, medical workers and care workers, including those in family-based and residential settings.
The course will also be accessible for people not working directly in this field and others with an interest or responsibility in the field of child protection and child care.
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.
Who will you learn with?
Dr Chrissie Gale has spent much of the last 30 years working as a child protection specialist in different countries around the world. She now leads on the international work of CELCIS