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BICON Conference on Alternative Care 2023 Report

Since 2014, BICON has been a leading conference focusing on the rights of children and young people without parental care (CWPC).The 5th Biennial International Conference on Alternative Care for Children in Asia (BICON) was hosted on 6-7th September 2023, in Kathmandu, Nepal, and online. During two...

Malawi and Uganda Social Workers Reflect on 2023 Achievements 

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...

Exploring Challenges and Support in Social Service Delivery: A Preliminary Funding of Selected Voluntary Welfare Organizations in Malaysia

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...

Effective child well-being practices, barriers and priority actions: survey findings from service providers and policymakers in 22 countries during COVID-19

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...

Complexities of protecting children from violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: Providers’ and policymakers’ best practices, innovations and challenges in 12 countries

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...

Briefing Paper on the Definition of the Social Service Workforce

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.

Social Service Workforce Strengthening Framework

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...

Legal Review on Social Work in the Criminal Justice System

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...

Harnessing the power of data - a European Social Services Index

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.

Partnerships for Social Inclusion: Integrated Minimum Income and Social Services Programmes

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...

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