Social Service Workforce Week 2016
Social Service Workforce Week will be held September 26 - 30. This year’s theme is “Building the Case for a Stronger Social Service Workforce.” Daily blogs will review the reasons a stronger workforce is needed to best care for vulnerable populations, and how this can be achieved. Each day a question will be posed in the blog to generate a discussion on the topic, share promising practices and cultivate innovative approaches. Responses to the discussion questions will be accessible on the discussion boards on the Alliance’s website. Read each day's blog below.
- Day 1, September 26 - Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Full speed ahead to a stronger social service workforce
- Day 2, September 27 - Navigating Speed Bumps Ahead: Developing competencies for para professional workers
- Day 3, September 28 - Building Roadmaps for the Workforce Strengthening Journey with Improved Data
- Day 4, September 29 - Engineering Case Management Approaches
- Day 5, September 30 - Advocacy that Moves the Social Service Workforce to the Fast Lane
Learn More and Join Our Efforts
Read more about the social service workforce and how they're improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families. The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance was formed in 2013 in order to convene people, advance knowledge and advocate to strengthen the social service workforce. Read more about our mission and history, then become a member of our growing network and help us raise awareness.
Social Service Workforce Week 2015
In 2015, Social Service Workforce Week was celebrated from September 21 - 25, 2015. The theme of the week focused on the role of community level workers. Read the daily blogs to learn more about this important aspect of work.
- Day 1: Community Workers are the Backbone of a Strong Social Service Workforce, by Amy Bess, Coordinator, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
- Day 2: Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Children: The important role of the community level worker, by Grace Mayanja, Chief of Party, USAID SUNRISE-OVC Project, Uganda
- Day 3: Supporting Community Level Social Service Workers to Promote Better Health Outcomes, by Carol Bales, IntraHealth International
- Day 4: The Role of Community Level Social Service Workers in Care Reform, by Stela Grigoras, Partnership for Every Child, Moldova and Florence Martin, Better Care Network
- Day 5: A Competency Framework for Para Professional Social Service Workers, by Jim McCaffery, Chair, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Steering Committee
There were many excellent examples of how other organizations promoted the week and shared resources in 2015 about the para professional workforce.
- IntraHealth International blog on VITAL: Social Service Week Celebrates Community Level Workers
- ChildHub for South East Europe website
- NASW Social Work blog
- American International Health Alliance's video: Training Para Social Workers in Tanzania
Social Service Workforce Week 2014
The first Social Service Workforce week was held in April 2014 as a means to raise awareness for the Alliance and garner support from members, organizations and the public around the issue and importance of social service workforce strengthening. A blog and other resources were released each day during the week.
Read the blog posts from each day:
- Day 1: Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children, by Zeni Thumbadoo, Deputy Director, National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa
- Day 2: It Takes a Team – An example of integrating systems of care for abused children in the Philippines, by Dr. Bernadette Madrid, Executive Director, Child Protection Unit Network, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines
- Day 3: Leading the Way to the Future – Preparing Future Social Service Leaders, by Dr. Nathan L. Linsk, PhD, Professor of Social Work in Family Medicine, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Day 4: Understand the Workforce –Who are they, what do they do and how can we help them do it better? by Maury Mendenhall, MSW, Senior Technical Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, US Agency for International Development
- Day 5: Making Sure the Workforce Has the Support it Needs, by Dr. James McCaffery, PhD, Senior Advisor, Training Resources Group and CapacityPlus