CELCIS – Online Courses to Support Children

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Two of our free, six-week online courses are currently open for registration! Sign up now to take part in Caring for Vulnerable Children or Caring for Children Moving Alone, both starting 15 February, and read more about the courses below.


Caring for Vulnerable Children

Open now for learners, this award-winning course helps you explore and develop an understanding of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.

With over 85,000 people, from 163 countries taking part so far, the course is ideal for anyone supporting children and young people. Learners will follow snapshots of a fictionalised story, where the theory is linked to reality, and will consider:

  • What we mean by risk and vulnerability
  • How we define parenting
  • How children grow and develop
  • How we can provide children with security through meaningful relationships and attachments

You’ll go on to learn about the characteristics that define different methods of practice and how some approaches can help you to resist risk-averse thinking. You’ll consider different possible interventions and how, in Scotland, this is managed within the Children’s Hearing System.

Make sure to use the hashtag #FLChildren online to share your thoughts and experience of the course!

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Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

Produced by CELCIS and created with 16 leading international humanitarian and children’s rights organisations, this course will equip learners with an understanding of how to discern and respond to the needs, circumstances and wishes of unaccompanied and separated children on the move as well as those at risk of separation.

Developed to engage all those working in or with an interest in alternative care and humanitarian response, you will gain insight into:

  • The specific risks, vulnerabilities and support needs of unaccompanied and separated children on the move and the application of different responses.
  • The principles outlined in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and how suitable care can contribute to the protection of children.
  • Promising practice in relation to suitable alternative care settings that meet the needs, wishes and circumstances of each individual unaccompanied and separated child on the move.

The course uses a combination of written and video content, with examples of real-life circumstances and promising practice in Mexico, Ethiopia and Sicily, and a fictionalised story to take learners through the application of the new learning they acquire as the course unfolds.

Make sure to use the hashtag #FLChildrenMovingAlone online to share your thoughts and experience of the course!

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