Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children
Series of Educational Documentary films
A series of documentary educational films about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and between countries. Providing an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face, informing the improvement of policy, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests.
Ferouz, is a young Eritrean refugee who was reunified with her uncle. The family are supported through a kinship care programme managed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The family live in Hitsats camp in the district of Shire, Northern Ethiopia. The social worker has a responsibility to regularly review the wellbeing and welfare of Ferouz. During the visit, the social worker discovers Ferouz has not yet started school. This is because of health and other concerns related to Ferouz’s previous experiences. The social worker is able to offer reassurance and provide ways to support Ferouz .
This is why social workers should regularly monitor and review the situation of each child carefully. This is also why there should be careful recruitment and training of social workers – case workers – to take on this significant role of supporting and monitoring the situation of children in alternative care – including those in kinship care.