Practical Tools


Two new tools are currently being developed which we think will really help you take even greater strides in implementing the UN Guidelines.

Online learning to deliver The Guidelines

CELCIS has been commissioned to produce a free, massive open online course (MOOC) to support the implementation of the UN Guidelines.

This MOOC is for everyone interested in or responsible for child protection and child care across the world. There continues to be many challenges in delivering the Guidelines, and the learning from this MOOC will help strengthen national and local systems that prevent children being separated from their parents unnecessarily, and to provide the most suitable form of alternative care when absolutely necessary.

Learning from alternative care specialists from CELCIS, UNICEF and the UN, this free online course will help you gain insight into:

  • How the unnecessary placement of a child in alternative care can be prevented
  • How alternative care can constitute a suitable, positive experience for a child when it is necessary
  • How children and young people who are leaving care can best be supported

We also consider: 

  • The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and how to apply them
  • The concepts of necessity and suitability as it is applied to alternative care
  • How to apply full and meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions about their care
  • Good practice in prevention of family separation, provision of suitable alternative care, family reunification and the process of leaving care
  • The aims and practice of Gatekeeping
  • The aims and practice of Deinstitutionalisation

Who should take this course?

  • Practitioners
  • Policymakers 
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Medical workers and care workers, including those in family-based and residential settings
  • Community support workers
  • Lawyers
  • Psychologists
  • Child protection professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in this area

No special software is required and the course is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

The course will be conducted in English with some course materials (including text and videos) also accessible in Spanish and French, reflecting the truly global nature of this issue.

The Getting Care Right for All Children MOOC is delivered through FutureLearn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS.

Find out more here:

The MOOC will be delivered through FutureLearn, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and the following partners:

Tracking Progress: measuring the implementation of the UN Guidelines

A key challenge for countries is measuring and keeping track of their progress in implementing the standards they set out.

CELCIS and Save the Children have created an interactive, strengths-based diagnostic and learning tool. We hope this tool will help governments, children’s service providers, NGOs, civil society, academics and others to determine the extent to which a state or region has effectively implemented the Guidelines, and the priorities for change still ahead.

You can find the tool here:


For further information on the development of these tools, please contact

International Social Service, Oak Foundation, SOS Children's Villages International, unicef, ATD Fourth World, Better Care Network, Family for every child, ngo group for the crc, PEPFAR, RELAF, Save the Children, USAID