Caring for Vulnerable Children

University of Strathclyde and CELCIS, FutureLearn

This massive online open course (MOOC) was developed by the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS. The course is designed for those new to the child care field or those with some experience who are looking to further develop their qualifications.

Topics of the course include:

  • What is meant and understood by the term vulnerability and risk?
  • Assessing risk in various scenarios: exploring the links between poverty and risk and examine how risk is portrayed by the media and government
  • Exploring theories of attachment and child development
  • Examining developmental theories around the concept of containment
  • Important considerations when communicating with children
  • The power of touch and some of the problems associated with touch
  • Elements and characteristics of child care practice
  • Love and other important aspects of caring for vulnerable children?
  • The challenge of caring for children in a risk averse context
  • The Children’s Hearings System in Scotland explained
  • Debates on the subject of care in today’s society
  • Will the future bring changes in the way we care for vulnerable young people?

The course aims to:

  • Explain the concepts of vulnerability, risk and good enough parenting

  • Explore the concepts of attachment, containment and child development

  • Evaluate the ways in which adults and carers can communicate with children and young people

  • Explore possible ways to intervene in the lives of children and young people who are experiencing vulnerability and risk

  • Reflect on the events surrounding the assessment and removal of vulnerable and at risk children and young people from their family homes

  • Reflect upon some of the current challenges involved in responding to, and working with, vulnerable children and young people