WHAT: Guidance and forms on preventing institutionalization of children and promoting family unification. It presents Save the Children and partners’ experience of deinstitutionalization via the Take Me Home 2 project (2002-2005). The manual includes good practices and lessons learnt, training plans, care planning forms, and assessment guidance.
WHO: Social workers, staff of institutions and their managers.
WHERE: Based on a Bulgarian project, but universally relevant.
WHY: Provides invaluable information on how to assess and support families, prevent institutionalization, and reintegrate children with their parents. It includes case studies, technical guidance and a range of forms on case planning, interviewing, recording, project monitoring, child protection incidents, and chairing planning meetings.
N.B. While this manual has a particular emphasis on prevention and reintegration, the guidance has broader relevance across child welfare work.