The Association of Social Workers in Malawi (ASWIM) and the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) have each has released reports highlighting the significant achievements of the respective organizations in 2023. In 2023, ASWIM saw a remarkable increase in membership, with the number of paid members rising from 80 to 300 across various categories. The association also successfully engaged with Members of Parliament, gaining their support for the Social Workers Bill, which is awaiting submission to Parliament for deliberation.
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Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are recognised for their contribution to society. This paper aims to provide policymakers, leaders, and social work managers with an initial overview for developing appropriate policies and a better understanding of the sustainability of welfare-related organisations, especially in the Malaysian context. NGOs monitor and address public concerns. They work with the government and private sector. NGOs provide communities with knowledge and services, monitor the government and private sector, and empower communities to participate in decision-making.
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 likely differ between contexts. CTWWC is anchored in a belief that by capturing the process of change and learning from different countries, the global knowledge base around care reform globally would be built, and therefore be able to inform and reinforce the global momentum for family care.
This paper discusses the role of social workers and community volunteers in providing services to foster care children living with HIV in South Africa. A literature review was undertaken of 14 qualitative studies conducted in South Africa from 2012-2022. The review showed the prominent role played by social workers in foster care, despite factors which hindered service such as high caseloads, lack of knowledge on HIV and prioritisation of quantity over quality. Hence, several challenges were faced by foster carers.
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 across the world. However, it is poorly supported in many countries. This guidance explains why supporting kinship care is so important and provides principles of good practice and lessons learnt from across the world.
Faculty and staff at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work have created a series of videos designed for social work educators highlighting best practices for remote teaching.
‘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 been imagined and constructed by those who oversee social work services – ‘the hunters’, according to the aforementioned Ghanaian proverb.
The Disability and Inclusion Thematic Group of the IASC MHPSS Reference Group has developed this document through an consultative, participatory and inclusive process. This document aims to (1) ensure that MHPSS programming in emergency settings is accessible and inclusive of persons with all types of disabilities and (2) support the deinstitutionalization of persons living in long-stay institutions and stand-alone hospitals.
ISPCAN, in partnership with Child Safe Middle East, presented this 90-minute virtual session that addressed the immense challenges of safeguarding children in the age of Artificial Intelligence. Our goal for this session was to reach as many professionals, practitioners, organizations, community leaders, social workers, teachers and parents as possible with specific ways that we can address this critical topic. Listen to the recording to hear this powerful presentation and an interactive Q&A session with Maryam Ehsani.
The purpose of this study was to explore 232 service providers’ and policymakers’ experiences of supporting children’s well-being during the pandemic, across sectors, in 22 countries – including Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, India, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the USA, in the last quarter of 2020. A smartphone survey delivered via a custom-built app containing mostly open-ended questions was used. Respondents were recruited via professional networks, newsletters and social media.
Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has put children at an increased risk of neglect, violence and other human rights violations. Despite growing evidence of its impact on child protective services, there has been a dearth of research from low- and middle-income countries. This cross-sectional qualitative study explored service providers’ and policymakers’ views and experiences of children’s protection, in real-time, in the last quarter of 2020. A smartphone app-based survey containing both open- and closed-ended questions was used.
The Alliance’s Interest Group on Advocacy developed a set of key messages specifically for advocating to donors, policymakers, media, the general public and other social service professionals about the importance and value of the social service workforce. We encourage you to make use of these key messages for each specific audience.
This briefing paper, developed by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, provides a formal definition of the social service workforce as well as additional information on the roles, titles, and diversity of the workforce.
The Alliance’s Call to Action for Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals makes recommendations at the country and global level for governments to initiate, lead and engage in dialogue with partners in order to strengthen the workforce and improve the lives of children and families. To date, 34 organizations have signed on to show support for the Call to Action.
This Compendium of Case Management Tools and Resources represents the work of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (Alliance) Case Management Interest Group (CMIG). As a global network, we support the work of the task-focused and result-oriented interest groups of the Alliance members concentrated specific thematic areas.
In a world where too many people face poverty, social exclusion, inequality and social injustice, a strong social service workforce is urgently needed. A well-planned, developed and supported workforce is better able to address the needs and enhance the resources and resilience of at-risk populations.
Globally, social workers have a critical role in assisting criminal proceedings conducting authorities to provide tailored support to each child in contact with the justice system, may they be alleged offenders, victims, or witnesses. In Viet Nam, while social work is viewed as a profession and has been developed within the past two decades, the role of social work in the justice system has not been recognized.
The Social Services Index is an initiative launched by the European Social Network to understand and compare the situation for social services across European countries. With the support of our members in the European Semester Reference Group and others, we gather data and develop national info-sheets based on three pillars: social rights and policy, economic investment in social services, and social services coverage, to provide a comprehensive overview of the situation of social services in European countries.
This report assesses integrated social inclusion programmes for people receiving or qualifying for minimum income support in Europe. It presents how social benefits such as minimum income can be combined with social services programmes to ensure the effective social inclusion of people who may be at risk of poverty or social exclusion. It reviews existing European and national social inclusion policies and provides examples of local integrated social inclusion programmes.
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