This powerful call to action summarizes and references strong evidence that early childhood is the basis of the future for individuals and for national development. The paper calls investors to recognize the multi-dimensionality of children’s wellbeing by funding holistic packages for young children and caregivers which include: maternal, newborn and children’s nutrition, early childhood care and education, protection from violence and neglect, caregiver support and a safety net.
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There is strong evidence of the cyclical relationship between HIV and violence and that achieving an AIDS-free generation will mean protecting children from violence, abuse and neglect. This short checklist provides practical guidance on how to link HIV and child protection policy and programming.
As part of its monitoring, evaluation, and reporting guidance, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has launched a set of essential indicators for measuring the effectiveness of these OVC programs that address holistic well-being for children and their families over time.
More children than ever are at risk of being sexually exploited by travelers and tourists. With a steady increase in travel in the region and the explosion of the internet and mobile technology, perpetrators have more ways to maintain anonymity and reach children. Home-stays, voluntourism and the shareconomy have increased this anonymity and heightened children’s vulnerability.
Effective family engagement occurs when child welfare practitioners actively collaborate and partner with family members throughout their involvement with the child welfare system, recognizing them as the experts on their respective situations and empowering them in the process.
This report is a result of a study of the reasons for placing children within Catholic residential care in Zambia. The findings serve as the basis for shaping the involvement of Catholic-affiliated residential care facilities in particular with advancing the government's strategy and gaining momentum with key stakeholders for care reform toward an alternative care approach.
As teachers play a critical role in shaping the future of their students, their role should not be an afterthought but should be an integral plart of the prepardness and planning phase for education in emergencies. Experts from the around provided input and recommendations for teaching standards in these environments, resulting in this guide.
This resource aims to provide child welfare supervisors, managers and related professionals with examples of States' efforts to strengthen supervisory capacity and with tools and resources to enhance supervisory skills.
Mobility and access to mobile devices are not yet a regular part of the caseworker’s professional career. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), child welfare agencies are about 10 years behind the private sector when it comes to the use of technology. This article demonstrates how mobile access to case management systems, data and information, assessment and referral capabilities and other tools could go a long way toward reducing caseloads and workload, and improving worker efficiency.
This report from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance offers a snapshot of social service workforce-supportive policies and legislation in selected countries and provides examples of aspects of legislation that feature the workforce.
This report is a review of the White Paper for Social Welfare 1997, enacted by the Dept. of Social Development 19 years ago. It contains key observations and proposals in order to provide input to the government concerning updates to the bill in areas affecting the social service profession and means of service delivery.
This guide provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare and other social services systems.
Using largely qualitative methods, this review of Commune Committees for Women and Children in Cambodia shows an expanding range of services being provided to children with some success, but lack of resources and technical capacity negatively impacted their success.
Coordinated, evidence-based investments must be made across sectors to ensure that children not only survive but also thrive. This paper is a call to action and aims to close the gap between what is known and what is done to support the development of children globally.
Drawing from extensive prior research, this document highlights key considerations that child protection humanitarian actors should take into account if they intend for their efforts to strengthen family-, community-, and national-level child protection systems.
Significant shortfalls in HIV counseling and testing (HCT) exist among orphans and others at disproportionate risk of infection. This study reviews how home visits by para professional community-based care workers to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa increased children’s uptake of HCT.
The purpose of this study is to look at the level of understanding and practice of case management within Save the Children’s child protection programmes.
The use of quality case management practices has been demonstrated to improve decision-making and service delivery in child welfare practice that reduces family separation (UNICEF, 2010a). A tool for measuring current case management practices against indicators of good case management practices is important for further strengthening case management in child welfare within the region.
This framework has been developed with the aim of providing standard procedures, assessment and planning tools, and guidance in the delivery of case management services. As Malawi moves forward to build a holistic child protection system, case management will serve as a core anchor and a mobilizing force for child protection.
Based on an exhaustive review of the global literature and utilizing an innovative theoretical framework of 'altruistic exploitation', the authors explore the ironic juxtaposition of benefits and harms associated with orphan tourism to the various stakeholders. Volunteers are often exploited in fulfilling their altruistic motives while at the same time engaging in potential exploitation of the very children they aim to serve.
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