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Family-Centered Casework Practice

A family-centered approach to casework practice involves helping families with children strengthen family functioning and address challenges that may threaten family stability. Focusing on strengths begins with the family assessment and should continue throughout the case planning and management...

Service Providers as Champions for Non-Violent Childhoods

This guidance report reviews the experience of and lessons learned from service provision in social welfare, child protection and childcare, health care, education and law enforcement. It presents methods, tools and service models that have proven effective in preventing and responding to corporal...

A Call to Action: Reimagining Social Work Practice with Unaccompanied Minors

This article is a call to action for social workers who may now encounter unaccompanied minors (UAM) for the first time in their practice. Recommendations include providing education to parents and caregivers about UAM’s rights, U.S. laws and regulations, and service availability; building trust...

Handbook on Counselling and Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents Living with and Affected by HIV in Africa

This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for providers who work in counselling and psychological care of children and adolescents. It includes information on mental health; child protection; counselling and communication; disclosure; transition of care; support systems; and monitoring and...

3 Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

The science of child development and the core capabilities of adults point to a set of “design principles” that policymakers and practitioners in many different sectors can use to improve outcomes for children and families. This resource lists three specific principles: support responsive...

Change and Implementation in Practice

Implementation science literature emphasizes the importance of teaming—the process of working together as a team, including understanding how teams are formed and how they function. This brief can help child welfare agency leaders, managers, and stakeholders build teams to guide the change and...

Interventions Addressing Ritualistic Child Sexual Abuse in Post-Conflict Eastern DRC: Reflections on child welfare policy and programming

Ritualistic child sexual abuse (RCSA) is an under-recognized and poorly addressed form of child maltreatment that requires urgent action, yet little has been done to address it. This article suggests some implications for social work training and practice as well as child welfare policy and...

Building Evidence for the Effectiveness of Workforce Interventions: The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development Approach

This presentation demonstrates the need for effective, research-supported strategies to improve recruitment and retention of the child welfare workforce.

Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Child Welfare Staff: Practice brief

This practice brief focuses on addressing secondary traumatic stress experienced by child welfare staff, easing children’s transitions into foster care and working with parents who have been impacted by trauma. This brief is intended for child welfare providers and other stakeholders seeking to...

Fostering Better Outcomes: The government response to the Education Select Committee report into fostering and foster care in England

This report highlights needs for strengthening transitions in and out of foster care, and the importance of respectful and responsive relationships between children, foster parents, families and social workers. The report also makes recommendations for greater support to foster families by...

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