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State of the Social Service Workforce Report 2022: The Vital Role of the Social Service Workforce in Humanitarian Contexts

In recent decades, escalating and protracted conflicts, natural disasters and extreme weather events often exacerbated by climate change, and major health emergencies, such as COVID-19, have resulted in rapid increases in the numbers of people and communities in need of emergency social assistance...

Responding to Children's Care in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis: Key Recommendations and Considerations

The aim of this guidance document is to provide a framework to support child protection practitioners and policymakers working both inside Ukraine and in host countries to implement responses related to children’s care in the context of Ukraine in line with international standards and good practice...

Global Multisectoral Operational Framework for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support of Children, Adolescents and Caregivers Across Settings

UNICEF’s operational framework aims to help develop programmes across the social ecological model and the mental health continuum of prevention, promotion and treatment to improve the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children, adolescents and their caregivers globally.

Protecting children and families: Social Service Workforce Strengthening during COVID-19 in Bangladesh

The COVID-19 pandemic placed significant pressure on Bangladesh’s social and health systems. Concerned that the pandemic would impact negatively on the health system, the Government of Bangladesh took significant measures to control the spread of COVID-19. These measures included closing all...

The vital role of the social service workforce in emergencies

Social service workers play a crucial role in helping individuals, families and communities respond to and recover from emergencies. They also help individuals, families and communities build their resilience to withstand future shocks. Yet, they remain largely unrecognized and undervalued.

Safe Places, Thriving Children: Embedding Trauma-Informed Practices into Alternative Care Settings (Organisational Development Guidance Document)

The Guidance Document was developed to support organisations taking part in the Organisational Development workshops for the project.  Through the workshops, we aim to establish a trauma-informed culture in organisations that care for and support children and young adults in alternative care.

A Culturally Sensitive Approach – Annex to the “Safe Places, Thriving Children” Practice Guidance

Increasing migration and a high number of refugees and forcibly displaced people cause an accelerated spread of a large diversity of cultures throughout the world. This results in a more diverse group of young people within alternative care settings and a large new target group, namely...

Caring in a Changing Climate: Centering Care Work in Climate Action

The global care crisis is being exacerbated by the global climate emergency, with interlocking impacts that threaten lives and livelihoods in all parts of the world. These impacts are particularly severe in resource-based economies and make everyday life difficult for people living with scarce...

Social Service Workers in Schools

Schools can play a critical role in addressing violence against children and other child protection concerns within schools and communities. This role and responsibility can be best fulfilled with the help of on-site support staff, including social service workers.

Follow the Money: Global funding of child and family MHPSS activities in development and humanitarian assistance

The study shows that whilst a positive trend in donors’ policy on child and family MHPSS led to a relative increase in funding for the area, the proportion of child and family MHPSS funding as part of wider ODA and private sector funding remains a drop in the ocean compared to the growing needs....

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