Sign up for a free online course on implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Date: 29th October 2019
Category: Care Experienced children, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Training


This six-week course is designed for practitioners and policymakers from both state and non-state bodies and anyone working in providing services around children’s care.

Taking the UN Guidelines as a framework, it aims to help participants understand 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.

Each week will be focused on a different topic:

  • 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

The course is available on the FutureLearn platform and will run multiple times. The next starting date is on 4th November 2019.