In 2022, Changing the Way We Care in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (MoLSP) launched a Working Group focused on strengthening the social service workforce in Moldova. The Workforce Strengthening Working Group (WG), facilitated by CTWWC partner Keystone Moldova, aimed to improve the continuous training of social workers, strengthen partnerships with academia, and professionalize the supervision of social workers.
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Children's welfare institutions are the last barrier for orphaned children to survive. Orphans have physical disabilities, intellectual developmental deficiencies that lead to abandonment by their relatives or orphanhood due to natural or man-made disasters, and face strong needs for life care, growth, and social interaction. At present, the services for orphaned children are faced with the problems of shortage of professionals, inadequate hardware facilities, poor learning environment, and low level of social support.
This Child Trafficking Legal Guide addresses frequently asked questions encountered by World Vision relating to protecting child victims of human trafficking in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The objective is to empower and educate users as how to best navigate regulatory hurdles that may arise when assisting children affected by human trafficking.
The COVID−19 pandemic has impacted child welfare practice and outcomes. This study examines the perspectives of families and professionals on child welfare practice during the COVID−19 pandemic. Qualitative data from feedback surveys and focus groups were used to provide a comprehensive examination of the concepts being explored.
Results of this study suggested positive outcomes of virtual meetings and trainings and raised attention to delays in achieving permanency during the pandemic.
This Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) Training of Trainers Package from the Alliance for Child Protection for Humanitarian Action is designed to prepare participants to facilitate training on UASC. This training will reinforce participants’ understanding of the specific needs of UASC, highlight good practice in working with unaccompanied and separated children under a protection framework, and provide participants the opportunity to apply learning so they can roll out training on UASC within their own organisation and to other stakeholders.
This article presents an example of critical best social work practice with unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. Based on a critical perspective, it focuses on social and community work interventions in the first reception centre, established in Greece, before the huge influx of refugees in 2015, aiming to support, empower and achieve social integration of the hosted youths. Drawing from the first author’s narrative, recalling her practice experience in the field as an ‘intervening researcher’, the article discusses the actions taken through a critical perspective.
In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of International Federation of Social Workers Europe's (IFSW Europe) presence in Ukraine, this report captures the shared efforts, accomplishments, and impact that has been achieved in strengthening the field of social work in Ukraine and fostering resilience during the most challenging times of war.
This guidance note by INEE and the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action aims to promote integration and collaboration across the two humanitarian sectors of education and child protection). It orients stakeholders in both sectors to principles, frameworks, opportunities, and resources for program integration in order to ensure efficient, targeted, and effective interventions that result in improved outcomes for children and young people.
This article explores the challenges of child and youth care workers (CYCWs) working with children in South Africa. This article reports on qualitative in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with 16 CYCWs and the data were subjected to thematical analysis. The findings indicate that CYCWs involved in child welfare experience not only a lack of recognition but also conflict, overwork and other negative job characteristics that affect their caring responsibilities, given the complexity and demanding roles of working with children.
Resilience has been identified as a protective factor that improves the ability to manage stress, promotes wellbeing and enables individuals to thrive in adverse circumstances. Many social auxiliary workers function independently with sporadic and brief supervision. Considering the stressful work environment that social auxiliary workers must face, it is essential that they be equipped to effectively manage the stressors of social work practice.
Field practicum is an integral part of social work education, and students of bachelor's and master's levels need to gain the requisite experience of field practicum to achieve the degrees. Like many practice-based disciplines, social work has been facing enormous challenges in arranging field practicum during COVID-19. This qualitative study aims to understand the experiences of social work faculties, students, and agency representatives for field practicum in the time of the COVID crisis in Bangladesh.
Effective and sustainable reintegration requires a solid conceptual framework and an appropriate and standardized case management approach. Kenya was lacking a comprehensive, participatory, and standardized package that included guidance, standard operating procedures, tools and training on what and how to conduct case management to ensure the wellbeing and eventual family placement of children without parental care. This gap often resulted in programming practice of varying quality and inadequate resources committed to reintegration of children into families.
Case management is the process of identifying, assessing, planning, referring, and tracking referrals, and monitoring the delivery of services in a timely, context-sensitive, individualized, and client-centered manner. Case management is used within child welfare and protection programming, and has been shown to improve decision-making and service delivery, to enhance child and family outcomes.
This document provides guidance on inclusive MHPSS programming in humanitarian emergencies. It is designed to highlight essential frameworks and principles, and the need for robust and sustainable MHPSS programming, rather than to provide detailed MHPSS technical guidance.
MHPSS mainstreaming is identified as best practice where capacity exists and contextual conditions are in place, and it underpins CBM Global’s work in community based MHPSS approaches which are holistic and person-centred, and go beyond the health sector only.
Child welfare workers experience burnout at a higher rate than other helping professions. Burnout increases the likelihood of turnover. Creating a work environment where peer support thrives can mitigate burnout, improve worker well-being, and reduce turnover. This infographic, from the U.S National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, desribes the importance of peer support in the workforce and how organizations can cahmpion peer support.
Workers are the heart of the child welfare system. By centering their well-being, organizations are better able to support children and families. This infographic from the U.S. National Child Welfare Workforce Institute describes how child welfare organizations can center child welfare worker well-being to better support children and families.
Changing child welfare practice and culture to advance racial equity begins by talking openly. Listening to diverse experiences and ideas and using appreciative inquiry can help teams generate solutions for removing barriers to equity for families, children, and communities.
Client violence against childcare workers is a relevant problem due to its impact on their well-being and the service they provide due to their significant role in the child protection process. This study explored violence against childcare workers using a systematic literature review.
On 26 April 2023, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and the Better Care Network (BCN) organized an event, under the auspices of the Ukraine Children’s Care Group, with child protection and care actors focused on strengthening the social service workforce as part of the recovery process in Ukraine to support a transformed care and protection system for children. The aim of the event was to bring actors together to better understand the impact of the conflict on th
Children and youth placed in residential youth care (RYC) exhibit complex emotional needs and significant mental health problems. Better outcomes in RYC have been associated with emotional availability from care workers. Nevertheless, many care workers struggle either with their own mental health and/or with adequately providing support for the mental health problems of youth under their care. Thus, staff training is recommended by international guidelines.
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