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A Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs
Today marks day one of Social Service Workforce Week. Celebrated annually for the last five years, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance invites you to get involved throughout the week in advocating for greater funding, policy and programmatic support for the social service workforce. The week’s theme is A Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs, and we invite you to join these efforts.
To gain the attention and funding levels needed to ensure a well-trained, well-developed and well-supported workforce, greater advocacy efforts are needed. The Sustainable Development Goals provide an unprecedented opportunity to influence national and international development policy and programs while highlighting the intersections between the work of the social service workforce and those working on health challenges, violence prevention and migration. Through amplifying our collective voice, we can garner greater attention and actions to strengthen the frontline workforce that will be vital to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals,
Blogs, social media posts, case studies, worker profiles and new resources will be shared daily during Social Service Workforce Week to increase attention and prompt planning for realizing the recommendations within the recently launched Call to Action. This advocacy tool makes recommendations at the country and global level for governments to initiate, lead and engage in dialogue with partners for these efforts.
To date, 31 organizations have signed on to the Call to Action to show their shared commitment for a strong social service workforce that is best positioned to meet the needs of vulnerable children, youth, families and communities. Some examples of how these organizations are supporting workforce strengthening include:
Join Us for a Week of Advocacy
Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the various ways that NGOs, country governments, UNICEF, and other collaborators are supporting social service workforce strengthening. Blogs during Social Service Workforce Week will include country case studies as examples of how country-level recommendations are being implemented and could be replicated in other countries. The blog on Day 5 will outline steps you and your organization can take toward achievement of the country and global level actions outlined in the Call to Action.
- Day 2, September 25: Mapping the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children
- Day 3, September 26: Development of a National Social Service Workforce Strengthening Strategy
- Day 4, September 27: Ending Violence Against Children Requires a Strong Social Service Workforce
- Day 5, September 28: Actions for Realizing a Stronger Social Service Workforce
- Download the Call to Action and share with your network. Available in English and Spanish.
- Show your support by adding your organization's logo to the Call to Action. Email the Alliance with your organization's logo.
- Share stories from your organization by emailing the Alliance about effective advocacy approaches you have implemented, including positive outcomes achieved, and country or global level actions as outlined in the Call to Action that you are involved in.
- Circulate this blog and the other daily blogs during Social Service Workforce Week to raise awareness and increase the number of supporters for strengthening the social service workforce.
- Join the Alliance by becoming a member. You will receive a daily email during Social Service Workforce Week and regular updates you can use to actively advocate for the workforce.
- View the webcast from the Alliance’s 5th Annual Symposium on the launch of the Call to Action and remarks by Together for Girls and the World Bank on the importance of a strong social service workforce.
- Further your support through a donation to the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. Contributions will be used to support the Alliance’s work toward strengthening the workforce.