Making the Case for Investing in Strengthening the Social Service Workforce Across Sectors: 17-21 October 2022
Every year, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance hosts Social Service Workforce Week. The week serves as an opportunity for advocates to bring attention to and build support for the social service workforce as well as raise awareness about promising workforce strengthening efforts supported by stakeholders around the world.
This year, Social Service Workforce Week was held from 17 October through 21 October. The theme for the week was: Making the Case for Investing in Strengthening the Social Service Workforce Across Sectors. During the week, we hosted two virtual events, released three new guidance documents and published a series of blog posts and worker profiles to:
- examine the diverse roles of social service workers when located across various sectors, such as health and education, and within humanitarian contexts;
- exchange learning on how the social service workforce can work most effectively when located in community settings across these different sectors, and
- recommend strategies and interventions for planning and resourcing the social service workforce required for this range of roles, including how to use our costing and ratios guidance to plan the most impactful deployment of social service workers.
Check out all of the materials from the week, below.
Monday, 17 October: Addressing child protection concerns through the integration of social service workers in schools
- Social Work Intervention in South African Schools
- School social workers’ crucial role in protecting children and their right to education
- [TECHNICAL NOTE & POLICY BRIEF] Social Service Workers in Schools: Their Role in Addressing Violence Against Children and Other Child Protection Concerns
- [WEBINAR RECORDING] Effective Deployment of Social Service Workers in Schools and Health Care Facilities
- Tatenda Mhunga, School Social Worker, Zimbabwe
- Marissa Jordaan, Head of Support, Maranatha Christian School, South Africa
- Thandi Mazuze, School Social Worker, Gauteng Department of Social Development, South Africa
- Nabasa Odiira, Volunteer Social Service Worker, St. Justino Secondary School, Kenya
Tuesday, 18 October: Strengthening social service workers in humanitarian contexts
- Ukraine and New Paradigms in Social Development: The work of the Kamenets Podisk & IFSW Partnership
- Critical Role of Social Workers in Somalia’s Drought Response
- Moldova’s Voices of Care Reform
- [REPORT] State of the Social Service Workforce Report 2022: The Vital Role of the Social Service Workforce in Humanitarian Contexts
- [PANEL DISCUSSION] Supporting Social Service Workers in Humanitarian Contexts to Ensure No One Is Left Behind
- Ramla Ahmed, Child and Family Case Worker, Action of Somali Social Workers (ACSOS)
- Nurul Eka Hidayati, Second Chairperson for the Indonesian Association of Social Workers and Secretary General for the Indonesian Social Work Consortium, Indonesia
- Ericsson Ng’etich, Child Protection Assistant, Danish Refugee Council, Kenya
Wednesday, 19 October: Addressing social determinants of health through the integration of social service workers in health facilities
- Five overarching advantages of having social service workers in health facilities
- Bringing together clinical and community partners for better health outcomes through PEPFAR
- [TECHNICAL REPORT] Social Service Workers in Health Facilities: Their Role in Addressing Social and Other Determinants of Health Among Children and Families
- Social Service Workers in Health Facilities: Their Role in Addressing Social and Other Determinants of Health Among Children and Families
- May Ann C. Demetrio, Social Worker, Child Protection Unit, Philippine General Hospital, Philippines
- Inviolatta Chiteka, Social Worker/Administrator, Restore Health Centre, Zimbabwe
- Munyaradzi Rusinahama, Case Management Specialist-Pathways Project, Catholic Relief Services
- Lyndon Nyika, Social Worker, Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO), Zimbabwe
- Annaliza Macababbad, Social Worker, Philippine General Hospital, Philippines
- Femi Adebiyi Soleye, Senior Medical Social Worker, Directorate of Health Services, University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria
- Clemence Machingauta, Medical Psychiatry Social Worker, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe
Thursday, 20 October: Building the Investment Case for Strengthening the Social Service Workforce
- Cornelius Williams Discusses Importance of Developing Minimum Ratios and Costing the Social Service Workforce
- [GUIDANCE] Proposed Guidance on Developing Minimum Social Service Workforce Ratios
- [GUIDANCE] Proposed Guidance on Costing the Social Service Workforce
Friday, 21 October: Celebrating the Social Service Workforce Across all Sectors
- Strengthening the role of Social Service Workforce in Social Protection Systems
- “A problem shared is a problem halved”
Ways to Advocate and Celebrate
As a global network, we rely heavily on our members and the public to advance our advocacy efforts. Throughout the week, help us increase attention and support for the social service workforce by:
- Posting content on social media: Share the pre-written content and graphic found below throughout your social media channels or post your own content using the hashtag#SSWWeek (be sure to tag @SSWAlliance). You may also share/retweet a post from our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
- Sharing resources and blog content: Each day, we will post blog content and social service worker profiles on this page. Share the content across your networks.
- Contributing additional content or resources: Submit additional resources or content related to the role of the social service workforce in emergency preparedness and response for inclusion in our resource database or as a future blog post.
- Encouraging colleagues to become members: The Alliance supports a growing network of more than 3,000 individual members affiliated with a range of organizations and institutions across 145 countries. Increasing and diversifying our membership allows us to continue to build a movement to strengthen and advocate for the social service workforce.
- Donate to the Alliance: With a one-time or recurring monthly gift, you will help to support the work of the Alliance to gather new evidence and develop new tools, support information exchange across the network, and support advocacy efforts such as Social Service Workforce Week.
Share the pre-written content and graphic (feel free to add your organization's logo to the graphic) throughout your social media channels or post your own content using #SSWWeek. Be sure to tag @SSWAlliance so that we can retweet. You may also share/retweet a post from our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
- This #SSWWeek we join @SSWAlliance in recognizing the increasingly important & diverse role of the #socialserviceworkforce in various settings, such as schools, health facilities and in humanitarian contexts. /social-service-workforce-week-2022
- This week is #SSWWeek! We join @SSWAlliance in calling for greater investment in and support for the #socialserviceworkforce working across sectors. /social-service-workforce-week-2022
- #Socialservice workers are often known for their role in social welfare settings but they also protect & care for children & families in other settings, such as schools, health facilities & within humanitarian contexts. This #SSWWeek we join @SSWAlliance to recognize this role.
Social Service Workforce Week is made possible through the generous support of the American people through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, under Partnerships Plus cooperative agreement number 7200AA18CA00032, funded September 28, 2018, and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. The contents are the responsibility of Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.