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. We continue to face 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.

In this 6 week step-by-step course, the MOOC will help learners to:

  • Fully understand the key principles, pillars and implications of the Guidelines
  • Interpret the Guidelines in practice
  • Consider implications of the Guidelines in different countries and contexts
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas and share challenges and developments

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.
An inter-agency initiative set out to address this challenge. The initiative was funded by Oak Foundation, co-facilitated by the Better Care Network and Save the Children, and conducted in close collaboration with the Children without Appropriate Parental Care Working Groups in New York and Geneva.

CELCIS and Save the Children have been working on developing an interactive, strengths-based diagnostic and learning tool. This tool will be vital in helping 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.


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