MOOC on Children Deprived of Liberty: Enacting Recommendations of UN Global Study

Deadline: 27-Dec-20

The Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC has launched a new course Children Deprived of Liberty: Enacting the Recommendations of the UN Global Study that will provide updated information on situations, challenges, practices and possible solutions as they are being envisaged in each region of the world.

This MOOC is a complement to a previous Global Campus course on the Global Study and aims at providing updated information on situations, challenges and possible solutions as they are being envisaged in each region of the world. Hearing from experts, researchers, and children themselves, participants will learn about steps being taken in terms of deinstitutionalisation, diversion, ending migration-related detention and other measures.

In 2019 the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty denounced that more than seven million children worldwide are deprived of liberty every year. It provided an assessment of the situation in different contexts and set out clear recommendations for change. One year from the publication the Study, how is the world doing?

The UN Global Study has not only provided an assessment on the standing of children’s deprivation of liberty in such a range of contexts, but also – very importantly – set out clear recommendations for change. This roadmap is an inspiration for new laws, policies, and practices that can help States dramatically reduce the number of children behind bars and locked doors. Keeping the conversation going and monitoring the enactment of the recommendations is key to ensure that children worldwide are no longer deprived of their childhood.

Course Dates: 23 November 2020 – 10 January 2021

The course is articulated in two modules:
Module 1 is an introduction to the UN Global Study as a framework for action. Specific attention will be paid here to the Study’s recommendations and the developing follow-up initiatives which are being enacted in cooperation with different stakeholders, from UN agencies to governments, from civil society to academia.
Module 2 is dedicated to regional perspectives and a variety of recent initiatives, examples and practices that are being implemented there. In so doing, the course specifically analyses the most relevant issues and themes in each region: from immigration detention to deinstitutionalisation, from deprivation of liberty for national security reasons, to diversion measures.

Certificate of Participation
At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed all discussions and quizzes will receive a free certificate confirming their participation.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course participants will have gained:
  • Knowledge about key standards, documents and recommendations contained in the UN Global Study;
  • Understanding of progress and obstacles in terms of more viable measures of implementation, from the point of view of UN agencies, states, civil society and other affected rights-holders, in particular children;
  • Ability to identify multi-faceted aspects (pros and cons of each side of the matter);
  • Capacity to discuss specific regional issues and groups/cases of concern.
Target Audience
Global Campus of Human Rights designed this course for participants around the world who are actively interested and engaged in children’s rights work and wish to deepen their knowledge about the protection of children deprived of liberty and related developments, key issues and possibilities for transformation.

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