Social Service Workforce Strengthening

A strong social service workforce is critical to meeting the needs of children without adequate family care.  From government policy-makers, local administrators, researchers and social workers, to educators, community workers and care providers, social service actors play a key role in protecting girls and boys and promoting their care.

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Colleen Fitzgerald - Global Social Service Workforce Alliance,

In this blog post for the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, part of a series celebrating Social Service Workforce Week, Colleen Fitzgerald writes about the need to support the social service workforce and to promote the well-being of caseworkers and social workers.

Nicholas Thompson - Journal of Children's Services,

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the recommending of contact in special guardianship cases is currently working, by holding focus groups with social workers and special guardians.

UNICEF, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, and Maestral International,

This report is a review of the social service workforce in eight countries: Djibouti, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia.

Better Care Network ,

This country care review includes the Concluding Observations for the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted as part of the Committees' examinations of Greece’s reports, as well as other care-related concluding observations, ratification dates, and links to the Universal Periodic Review and Hague Intercountry Adoption Country Profile.

Alexandru Neagoe, Doina Larisa Maria Neag, Daniel Lucheș - PLoS ONE,

This paper explores the benefits, challenges and dilemmas involved in the job of professional (i.e. state-supported) foster carer in Romania–a country where the issue of child protection has drawn a great deal of international attention over the last thirty years.

Better Care Network,

Comprised of 12 videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Cambodia.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Leang Lo, from Save the Children Cambodia, shares some of his learning that informed the development of the Social Work Supervision Training Program for the member organisations of Family Care First (a network dedicated to supporting children to live in safe nurturing family-based care).

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,
This programme brief describes the establishment and development of the social service workforce in Rwanda - as part of the Tubarerere Mu Murayango (TMM - Let’s Raise Children in Families) programme to enable children and young adults to live in families and communities rather than in residential facilities - and draws out lessons learnt from this process.
Tyrone C. Cheng, Celia C. Lo - Child Maltreatment,

This secondary analysis of data describing 3,035 parents, drawn from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II, identified factors fostering the collaborative alliance of parents and caseworkers within the child welfare system.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

The Learning and Development Working Group (LDWG) of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action has revised the 2010 Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Competency Framework to this testing version.