Caring for Vulnerable Children

Online Course

Future Learn
Caring for Vulnerable Children

What is the course about?

Caring for Vulnerable Children
The course Caring for Vulnerable Children is an online class provided by University of Strathclyde through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children, with this online childcare course.
Course description
  • 6 weeks
  • In times of shrinking public services, the task of caring for vulnerable children has never been more challenging. We’ll help you explore some of the issues involved with this child protection online course.
  • We’ll consider what we mean by risk and vulnerability, as well as how we define good enough parenting. We’ll think about how children grow and develop, and how we can provide them with meaningful relationships and attachments.
  • We’ll go on to learn about the characteristics that define different methods of practice and consider different possible interventions.
  • We’ll conclude this online childcare course by reflecting on the current politics of caring for vulnerable children in a context of budget cuts and increasing child poverty.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • This online child protection course will be suitable if you:
  • University of Strathclyde
  • The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.
  • CELCIS improves children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

Prerequisites & Facts

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Course Topic

Inclusive Teaching, Psychology & Mental Health, Teaching, Youth Mental Health

University, College, Institution

University of Strathclyde

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Caring for Vulnerable Children

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / University of Strathclyde you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Caring for Vulnerable Children
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School: University of Strathclyde
Topic: Inclusive Teaching, Psychology & Mental Health, Teaching, Youth Mental Health
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