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.
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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 developed to help program implementers, particularly CBOs and others working in direct service delivery, to more effectively address safety and security challenges within their implementation of HIV programs for and with key populations. It is 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.
This report presents the results of a qualitative study evaluating the introduction of the Scottish Living Wage to adult social care and impacts on recruitment and retention.
This Health Policy paper presents purposively selected case studies to illustrate the essential characteristics of implementation research and its application in low-income and middle-income countries. The case studies are organised into four categories related to the purposes of using implementation research, including improving people's health, informing policy design and implementation, strengthening health service delivery, and empowering communities and beneficiaries.
Research shows that children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of being abused or neglected.
This study utilized qualitative interviews to examine the perspectives and experiences of managers in implementing SafeCare, an evidence-based intervention to reduce child maltreatment.
This resource is a communications toolkit for building public support in Kenya for better child development policies and programmes. This collection of research, recommendations and sample communications is designed to help child development advocates increase public understanding.
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 evaluation of psychosocial services.
This article explores the issue of the major reform of the child welfare sector that has been carried out in Russia in recent years, and argues that Russian child welfare nongovernmental organizations have acted in concert with government officials to act as policy entrepreneurs in framing the policy problem and presenting solutions to it in a way that has influenced national priorities in this area.
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 relationships for children and adults, strengthen core life skills and reduce sources of stress in the lives of children and families.
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 implementation process. Much of the information here may also be useful to building teams for other purposes in child welfare organizations, such as continuous quality improvement (CQI).
The urgent need to strengthen the child protection system in India is presented in the context of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and relevant juvenile justice legislation. Although the whole system is discussed, from national to local levels, the emphasis is on systems development with a comprehensive social work education response. Included are recommendations to develop a professional association of social work educators and the need for national accreditation of social work education in India.
Social safety nets (SSNs) are a main policy tool to address poverty and vulnerability, and there is substantial evidence demonstrating positive effects on children’s health and human capital. This paper reviews evidence and develops a framework to understand linkages between non-contributory SSNs and the experience of childhood emotional, physical and sexual violence in low- and middle-income countries.
This course is intended to orient learners to the basic principles and promising practices related to health workforce development and strengthening. Following the structure of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global HRH Strategy: Workforce 2030, the course introduces concepts and solution-focused examples that aim to support the existing health workforce and build the future health workforce through site-level interventions, policymaking, data use, and other evidence-based initiatives.
This brief outlines the critical importance to understand government capacity and willingness to increase and maximize the efficiency of investments in HRH for HIV.
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 programming changes.
This presentation demonstrates the need for effective, research-supported strategies to improve recruitment and retention of the child welfare workforce.
This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training and support.
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