This module reviews core principles important for development and well-being of the child and focuses on the best interests principle. It provides an overview of the best interests process.

Learning objectives:

  Upon completing this module, you should be able to:

  understand the fundamental principles of child rights 

  describe the risks a child can be exposed to during childhood and displacement

  explain UNHCR’s role in child protection;

  use the child protection systems approach to analysed and strengthen child protection programming

  define the best interests principle and its importance

  explain the best interests process: best interests assessment (BIA) and best interests determination (BID)

  plan, implement and manage child protection programmes with the best interest procedure as a key component.


This module is suitable is designed for protection, community service, programme and field staff – both managers and operational staff - though all those involved in humanitarian response will find it useful. It was developed by UNCHCR for their own staff.


This module will take around 60 minutes to complete.