eLearning Course

About SAFE e-learning courses

SAFE e-learning courses aim to support capacity building and enhancing the knowledge of professionals and family-based carers who provide care and support to unaccompanied children. The e-learning courses are tailored to support the care provision to these children in a family setting, such as in foster care and kinship care placements.

Who are these courses for?

SAFE e-learning courses are developed to address the individual learning needs of:

Family-based carers of unaccompanied children (commonly referred as foster carer and kinship carers): Those who look after unaccompanied children as their primary carers. There are a wide range of professionals and individuals may find this course useful if they are interested to enhance their knowledge about the issues related to unaccompanied children.

Professionals: those who work to facilitate and support provision of family-based care for unaccompanied children, such as: social workers, childcare/youth workers, psychologists, law practitioners, NGO professionals/ volunteers etc..

Course Structure

Each of the two e-learning courses comprised of two modules:

Core module: this module aims to provide an introduction to overall understanding of the situation of the unaccompanied and separated children, their multidimensional needs and a general approach for working with this group of children.

Country-specific module: (individual modules for the UK, Greece, Denmark and Cyprus) this module is tailored to cater for particular country contexts and provide information on national legal frameworks on asylum as well as on care provisions.

*Please be informed that there is e-learning module for family-based carers in Cyprus

The e-learning modules are estimated to take between 60 -90 minutes to complete. However, it may vary from one person to another.

General learning outcome

SAFE’s e-learning courses aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals and family-based carers to support unaccompanied children more effectively. Upon completion of the e-learning courses, the learner will be able to gain overall information on the particular situation of unaccompanied children and their needs a cross-cultural perspective. The learner will also be equipped with necessary country-specific information and resources to assist them to support these children in their respective countries.

About the developers of e-learning courses:

These e-learning courses have been developed within the framework of SAFE* project which is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.

SAFE is implemented by a consortium of four partners consisting of:

  • British Red Cross (UK)- the project lead,

  • CARDET – Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (Cyprus)

  • KMOP – Family and Childcare Centre (Greece)

  • Danish Red Cross (Denmark)

The content of these e-learning courses represent the views of the partners of SAFE only. The European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

*Supporting un-Accompanied children with Family-based care and Enhanced protection.

Key terms:

Unaccompanied child: A child who has been separated from both parents and other relatives and is not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom, is responsible for doing so.

Separated child: A child who has been separated from both parents, or from their previous legal or customary primary caregiver, but not necessarily from other relatives.

Family-based care: a care that is provided in a family environment by foster carers, kinship carers, and Dublin family caretakers.

Foster carer: A non-related family carer (people not known to the child) who looks after the child in the host country; arranged and supervised by a competent authority of the country. Foster care can be on short-term or long-term basis.

Kinship carer: A carer who is next of kin or known to the child. They are often relatives such as grandparents, uncles or siblings, step-parents or other adults who have a connection to the child, such as neighbours or a close friend of the child’s family. A kinship carer may or may not have accompanied the child throughout the journey from their country of origin to the host country.