Online Course
Considerations for Working with Displaced Children and Young People
Learn about the challenges experienced by children displaced from their homes

1-1.5 hours





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Kamal Khalifa
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Kamal Khalifa is a physiotherapist with extensive experience working with displaced persons

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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In 2021, as many as 30 million children and young people aged under 18 were forcibly displaced. Displaced persons, particularly children, are at risk for abuse, neglect, and violence and must be considered a specific vulnerable target group. Because these children often experience trauma or extreme stress, they are at risk of developing complex mental and physical health needs. Yet accessing support and receiving needed services is often difficult or delayed. This course will explore key areas that must be considered when working with children and young people who have experienced displacement.


This course aims to provide knowledge on working with displaced children and young people.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the key impacts of forced migration on displaced children and young people
  • identify at least three strategies that can help address the increased risk of developmental delay in displaced children
  • list at least three signs of trauma in displaced children and young people
  • identify three treatment approaches that can be useful when working with displaced children and young people