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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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.

Melissa Radey & Lauren Stanley - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study used qualitative telephone interviews with participants sampled from a statewide cohort of newly-hired, frontline child welfare workers. The authors used thematic analysis to consider participants' training experiences and the conditions that facilitated meaning.

Ruth Hardy - Learn on the Go,

This podcast episode describes what self-harm is and how social workers can support young people and carers who are self-harming.

A. Eenshuistra, A. T. Harder, E. J. Knorth - Children and Youth Services Review,

Despite the importance of training residential youth care professionals to increase their professional competences, little attention has been paid so far to the influence of training on the behaviour and skills of residential professionals. This study aims to gain greater insight into the effects of training on the skills of these professionals.

Alex Collins, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance,

This 4th annual report from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance includes a multi-country, four region review of the state of the social service workforce.

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance,

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosted the 6th Annual Social Service Workforce Strengthening Symposium on the topic of using evidence as a catalyst for advocacy efforts to support the social service workforce.