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Handbook on Counselling and Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents Living with and Affected by HIV in Africa

This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for providers who work in counselling and psychological care of children and adolescents. It includes information on mental health; child protection; counselling and communication; disclosure; transition of care; support systems; and monitoring and...

Building an Effective Child Protection System in India: Integrating a Rights-Based Perspective in Social Work Education Within a Strategy of Developing Professional Association

The urgent need to strengthen the child protection system in India is presented in the context of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and relevant juvenile justice legislation. Although the whole system is discussed, from national to local levels, the emphasis is on systems development with a...

Understanding the Linkages between Social Safety Nets and Childhood Violence: A review of the evidence from low- and middle-income countries

Social safety nets (SSNs) are a main policy tool to address poverty and vulnerability, and there is substantial evidence demonstrating positive effects on children’s health and human capital. This paper reviews evidence and develops a framework to understand linkages between non-contributory SSNs...

Interventions Addressing Ritualistic Child Sexual Abuse in Post-Conflict Eastern DRC: Reflections on child welfare policy and programming

Ritualistic child sexual abuse (RCSA) is an under-recognized and poorly addressed form of child maltreatment that requires urgent action, yet little has been done to address it. This article suggests some implications for social work training and practice as well as child welfare policy and...

Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers 2018

This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training and support.

Beyond Quick Fixes: What will it really take to improve child welfare in America?

This is the second in a series of articles regarding the current status of child protection services in the United States and proposals to address its challenges. This paper is on the topic 'Caseworkers Are First Responders.

Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Child Welfare Staff: Practice brief

This practice brief focuses on addressing secondary traumatic stress experienced by child welfare staff, easing children’s transitions into foster care and working with parents who have been impacted by trauma. This brief is intended for child welfare providers and other stakeholders seeking to...

No Strangers to Adversity: Resilience-promoting practices among South African women child protection social workers

Despite the call to enhance the resilience of CPSWs, to date, only five research studies have explored resilience processes in CPSWs. In this article, authors present findings that describe resilience-enhancing practices in the lives of 15 South African CPSWs who were considered resilient.

Capacity Development Plan for Family Support, Foster Care and Adoption in 2018-2023 Cambodia

The study has identified key findings and 23 useful recommendations for short-term implementation (up to 2018), medium-term implementation (up to 2023), and long-term implementation (after 2023). Recommendations include increasing capacity of the social service workforce and increasing...

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale: Community health workers and the expansion of first 1000 days services in South Africa

Well-supported para-professionals, including CHWs and other home visitors, can be effective partners in addressing health inequities, but training, skills and functions should be clarified and training aligned.

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