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Strengthening the Social Service Workforce: Findings from a Cross-Country Assessment

This webinar, hosted by the U.S. Government’s Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA) secretariat and Data for Impact, highlighted the critical role of the social service workforce, exploring and identifying the strengths and limitations of different approaches to strengthen...

Child Protection in Rwanda: A situation analysis

Every child without distinction by gender or any other characteristic has the right to grow up free from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practices. This right is embedded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and multiple Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

Using a systems perspective to examine child protection systems and practice: A scoping review on child abandonment and institutionalisation in the Maghreb

The Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco (including Western Sahara), Tunisia) has high rates of child maltreatment and child abandonment, leading to high rates of child institutionalisation. This review aims to provide an estimate of the prevalence of children in institutions in the...

Children's Services Reform Research: Scotland’s Children’s Services Landscape: The Views and Experiences of the Children’s Services Workforce

This is a Scotland-based research study being undertaken by CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection at the University of Strathclyde.

Children's Services Reform Research: Learning and Implications for Scotland

This Children’s Services Reform Research study is a Scotland-based research study which was undertaken by CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection.

BICON Conference on Alternative Care 2023 Report

Since 2014, BICON has been a leading conference focusing on the rights of children and young people without parental care (CWPC).The 5th Biennial International Conference on Alternative Care for Children in Asia (BICON) was hosted on 6-7th September 2023, in Kathmandu, Nepal, and online. During two...

Learning Brief: Applying the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Framework

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) was conceived as a design-build initiative, firmly set within a collaborate, learn, adapt (CLA) framework. The initiative understands that care reform is a long and complex process, requiring collaboration between many diverse actors, and that change pathways would...

How to Support Kinship Care: Lessons from around the Globe

Children who cannot be looked after by their parents often live with relatives or friends of the family. This care is known as kinship care. Kinship care is acknowledged in global guidance as the first form of care that should be explored for children outside of parental care. It is widely used...

Stories from Edzell Lodge children’s home in the 1940s and 1950s: lessons for practice and research

‘Gnatola ma no kpon sia, eyenabe adelan to kpo mi sena’ (‘Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story’) (Ghanian proverb, available at: http://thelionandthehunter. org/). Historically, both the discipline and profession of social work have...

2023 State of the Social Service Workforce Report: A Decade of Progress, A Future of Promise

The Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening Conference: Investing in Those Who Care for Children, held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010, is often recognized as the launch of a global movement to strengthen the social service workforce and to develop stronger, more effective social service systems.