Community-based strategies that foster frequent contact between caregivers of children under five and provide credible sources of health information are essential to improve child survival. Care Groups are a community-based implementation strategy for the delivery of social and behavior change interventions. This study assessed if supervision of Care Group activities by Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel could achieve the same child health outcomes as supervision provided by specialized non-governmental organization (NGO) staff. (from Abstract)
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This report identifies and makes recommendations on how the skills, qualifications and training of staff working within the early learning and childcare and out of school care sectors, from birth to age 14, can contribute to improved outcomes for children, help to reduce social inequality and close the attainment gap, based on the evidence gathered in the course of the Review and wider research evidence.
This paper introduces a newly developed social work group intervention model in workforce development by addressing: 1) how this program can be best implemented for positive employment process and outcomes; 2) how it can be evaluated with sound measures; and 3) how it can be replicated in other settings for greater impact.
This Practice Parameter presents principles for the mental health assessment and management of youth involved with the child welfare system. Important definitions, background, history, epidemiology, mental health care use, and functional outcomes are described. Practical guidance regarding child welfare-related considerations for evaluation and management are discussed.
This study collected data to determine the impact of the social services provided by the Mobile Team on behavior change and attitude shifts of parents of children with disabilities.
This report is an executive summary of the State of the Social Service Workforce 2015 Report, which is a review of the workforce in 15 countries. The full report can be found here.
This first annual report sheds light on key social service workforce data and trends, showcases innovative and effective workforce strengthening initiatives, and highlights the need for more data and focus in this area. The report reviews the current state of the workforce in 15 countries. The executive summary can be found here.
A global strategy on human resources for health that addresses, in an integrated way, all aspects ranging from planning, education, management, retention, incentives, linkages with the social service workforce, can inform more incisive, multi-sectoral action, based on new evidence and best practices. This brochure sheds light on why a global strategy on HRH is necessary and outlines the process of developing WHOs strategy.
This review aims to help inform efforts to oversee the regulation of social workers in England and accrediting voluntary registers for care occupations through identification of research on the variety of roles and contexts in which social workers work.
This guide aims to support general health facilities in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies in assessing and managing mental, neurological and substance use conditions. It is adapted from WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide (2010), a widely-used evidence-based manual for the management of these conditions in non-specialized health settings, and tailored for use in humanitarian emergencies.
This is a report from the Eurochild 11th Annual Conference 2014 in Bucharest, Romania. Evaluation Methodologies, Public-Private Partnerships and Social Return on Investment were the three cross-cutting themes of the three-day conference. The conference report highlights the need for authorities to invest more and better in children, the importance of preventive services, the value of participation of children and young people, and the importance of evaluating and monitoring budgets for their spending on children.
Teaming is an innovative approach to casework practice. Implementing Teaming is one way that child welfare agencies can support the effectiveness and morale of their caseworkers and line supervisors. Developing, implementing, and maintaining an effective casework team takes work.
This paper is a starting point for collaboration with the Children’s Bureau to ensure that states receive the support they need to develop rigorous, sustainable National Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) systems. The recommendations summarize what state and local agencies will need to build CQI capacity, both in terms of human capital and implementation. These include developing training curricula and needs assessment tools, data management support, and integrating CQI principles into planning, reporting, and funding documents.
Many human service agencies are turning to online learning as a cost effective and efficient way to deliver training. As part of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), the LAS draws on a leadership competency model, best practices in adult education and online learning designed initially to reach child welfare supervisors nationwide in a self-directed approach. This article focuses on the design and implementation of the online program and the accommodations made to support supervisors to complete training.
This paper describes a text message-based solution that harnesses the prevalence of mobile phones coupled with several open source tools to empower para-social workers who carry the primary responsibility in providing essential services to the growing population of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania.
This report is the result of research undertaken in South Africa to review community and home-based care, especially in regards to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. The research highlights the important roles played by caregivers in health promotion programs, counselling and testing, client advocacy, stigma mitigation and community mobilization.
The project described in this article has a strong focus on capacity-building of researchers, policymakers, and planners, and on increasing service user and caregiver involvement to support mental health systems strengthening.
These documents aim to provide multi-sectoral, inter-agency framework for coordination, identification and implementation of useful practices for psyschosocial and mental health well-being in emergency settings. The second is a checklist for field use
This paper demonstrates the devastating effects that disaster, conflict and fragility can have on children and the crisis that is being created in child protection. The paper recommends steps to address this crisis, including building a workforce that is able to respond to child protection issues in emergencies and inclusion of child protection within the post-2015 development framework.
This report documents models, case studies and lessons learned to highlight practical ways in which child protection systems and services link to HIV services in order to benefit HIV and child protection outcomes for children. The goal of the report is for policymakers and programmers to consider and implement interventions that link across sectors.
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