More than 100,000 people around the world have signed up to take courses aimed at providing child care information and advice.
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been developed by researchers and academics from the University of Strathclyde and the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS).
Courses provided through the scheme are designed to improve understanding of the care needs of vulnerable children and young people around the world.
Information on how policy and professional practice can help improve care is offered through the courses, with two international schemes commissioned by leading humanitarian and children’s rights groups.
CELCIS director Professor Jennifer Davidson said the courses offer critical advice that could help vulnerable children around the world.
“We are delighted that so many people from across the world are choosing to learn through these courses, which focus on different, but equally important, areas in the care and protection of children,” she said. “They offer valuable knowledge and indispensable advice to people with a personal or professional interest in the care of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Professor Davidson leads the Justice for Children global initiative’s Call to Action, which affirms the rights of children around the world.
Davidson added: “The 100,000 participants come from so many different nations; from Afghanistan to Australia, and Scotland to Slovenia represented, and they can share their experiences and knowledge through the online discussions. The courses reflect the universal right of children to live, and be cared for, in the most appropriate, stable and supportive environment possible.”
The Caring for Vulnerable Children course explores various ways that vulnerable children can be cared for, as well as how children grow and develop.
Additionally, Getting Care Right for All Children draws upon UN guidelines to offer valuable information on how the placement of children in alternative care can be prevented. This course outlines how alternative care can offer a positive experience for children and how they can be supported when leaving care.
Alternative courses, available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic also provide advice on caring for unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children – many of whom are moving between nations.