Developmental social work is a process of planned social change designed to promote the well-being of the population. The main objective of this study was to be realized by: examining social workers knowledge and perceptions towards developmental social work, identifying challenges faced by social workers on the utilization of developmental social work and exploring social workers’ suggestions on improving the utilization of developmental social work.
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Interviews conducted with child protective services administrators and workers show that they are unaware of empirical evidence to support effectiveness and are unable to determine how to measure effectiveness. This article suggests collecting quality data and partnering with systems, such as healthcare, that have the infrastrucure already in place for collection of this data.
Cambodia is moving forward with family-based alternative care initiatives that build on existing efforts to strengthen the child protection system. This short human rights in action article take a critical approach to the translation of policy to practice, highlighting the importance of collaboration between government and civil society, building workforce capacity and gatekeeping initiatives is discussed as essential to address challenges while strengthening responses to vulnerable children and families.
This report has been written for practitioners, academics, policy-makers and grant-making institutions. The learnings provide useful information for organisations which might be thinking about designing, implementing, funding or evaluating resilience-based work with street-connected children exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
This policy brief aims to demonstrate how the social service workforce is vital to fulfillment of many of the 17 SDGs.
In the article, the authors pose a question: to what extent can we speak of social work practice in support of refugees in post-socialist Southeastern Europe given that in the region, which was part of the Balkans Humanitarian Corridor in 2015 and 2016, state-supported social work practice is very limited and very prescriptive at the same time? Among the conclusion, the authors show the importance for social workers achieving an autonomous professional standing and a degree of self-determination.
This report provides an overview of the role of professional social workers in relation to children without parental care (CWPC). It outlines the approaches to and the functions of social work across resource constrained countries. From this study the report provides a typology of the range of approaches to social work that have been developed and implemented in relation to CWPC and the requirements for each of these.
Supporting community-led action requires a different skill set than needed for top-down approaches. The tools are designed to help begin the process of acquiring these skills. The Toolkit consists of four sections, for each of the four major skill sets involved: facilitating, training, learning, and management.
This article explores migration trauma among Mexican and Central American unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) with the purpose of developing an understanding of migration as a tripartite process consisting of: pre-migration exposure to traumatic stressors, in-journey stressors, and post-migration stressors. Social workers in schools are in unique positions to provide mental health services to URM. A case example illustrating a cultural adaptation of TF-CBT in an urban public high school is included.
This paper presents a qualitative analysis of front‐line practices regarding emergency removals in Finnish and Irish child protection. It examines how the responses to children's immediate danger are framed by legislation and how front‐line practitioners assess the child's situation and make emergency placement decisions.
Through a multi-case study, this research explores how three higher education alumni associations organize to inﬂuence social change in Georgia, Ghana, and Mongolia. All organizations started as international scholarship program alumni associations, yet ﬁndings show they developed into social change organizations over time. In the absence of extensive ﬁnancial support, these associations sustained their network based on close personal relationships among members. Targeted social issues varied by country, as did relationships with the scholarship funder.
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 process. A number of resources are available through this website for caseworkers to provide culturally competent services and to improve skills and processes for working with families in a way that identifies and builds upon strengths.
This guidance was developed for anyone wanting to engage, collaborate or advocate for care leavers.
This Practice Guidance has been developed mainly to inform and equip those who hold responsibility for supporting and guiding young people moving from care to adulthood and independence.
This paper reports on findings from an evaluation study of two institutions providing transition programmes to adolescent girls transitioning from institutional care in Zimbabwe. The study sought to determine gaps between the actual services being delivered and the expected performance standards, and how this affects the achievement of sustainable livelihoods. These gaps can be overcome by the development of a programme-based transition model and case management system.
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 punishment. The guidance report discusses how services are evolving in light of changing childhood and parenthood.
Given the current global refugee crisis and the need for policies to address this large and growing issue, this research highlights the importance of considering the ways in which family separation impacts refugee mental health, and policies and practices that could help ameliorate this ongoing stressor.
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 and rapport with families; creating welcoming schools; practicing cultural openness; hiring diverse staff; and fostering partnerships with local service providers.
This toolkit was designed for use in hostile environments; for example, where members of key populations are criminalized and face elevated levels of stigma, discrimination, and violence
This article reviews the fast-moving social work and immigration policy context and the role of inter-European social workers, using England as a case study of destination. Based on registration data of non-UK qualified social workers (2003–2017), a survey of 97 stakeholders from 27 European Union countries and focus group discussions, it investigates trends and challenges of transnational social workers (TSWs) in England.
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