The Alliance has produced regional, multi-country reviews, in coordination with UNICEF Regional Offices to provide an overview of the current status of the social service workforce in the region and to identify good and promising practices for workforce strengthening in order to inform advocacy, legal, policy and strategy development, and investment. Each report was compiled through a participatory mapping process outlined in the Alliance-developed Social Service Workforce Mapping Toolkit.
The Social Service Workforce in the East Asia and Pacific Region: A Multi-Country Review
This report presents the size, scope and structure of the social service workforce, efforts to strengthen the workforce through policy development, legislative reform, professionalization, education and training, and steps to strengthen the child protection system in 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific. The report highlights the unique aspects of each country’s workforce, identifies progress, challenges and gaps, and presents factors that countries may consider when engaging in social service workforce strengthening.
Building on this work, in November 2020 the Heads of State of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States adopted the Hanoi Declaration on Strengthening Social Work Towards Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community. View the video from the ASEAN Declaration and read the UNICEF blog about the event and Declaration.
Multi-Country Review of the State of the Social Service Workforce in the Middle East and North Africa Region
This report provides a baseline of information and data on the status of the social service workforce in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. The report was designed to highlight unique aspects of each country’s workforce, identify common challenges or trends, and suggest evidence-based strategies that countries could consider when developing their country-level action plans. It aims to help address the question of whether governments currently have the capacity to address the needs of vulnerable children and families with the existing social service workforce, and if not, what strategies, approaches and resources would be needed to fill the gaps.
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State of the Social Service Workforce in South Asia
This report provides information on the status of the social service workforce in the eight countries in South Asia. It describes policies, education, funding and support available to the workforce, and includes data available on the composition of the workforce in each of the countries. The report dentifies innovative practices that may be scaled up and also learned from other country contexts and incorporates findings on the accountability of the workforce from the perspective of children. The report highlights unique aspects of each country’s workforce, identifies common challenges or trends, and presents implications that countries may consider when developing their country-level action plans.