This qualitative study explored how volunteers delivering social welfare to orphans and vulnerable children through a community initiative supported by donors made sense of volunteering during a period of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe. Volunteering masked the cost of participation, thereby potentially making poverty worse for the poor in a context without a formal welfare system.
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A summary of interviews and data of children’s reintegration in three countries, the report includes policy recommendations important to the social service workforce to ensure coordination between all service providers.
Adequate transfer size, availability of child care services, greater use of sensitisation opportunities, and appropriate roles and responsibilities for social workers and other programme staff are crucial for improving positive impacts and reducing potential negative side effects.
The purpose of this paper is to clarify relevant terminologies and approaches relating to psychosocial well-being and social and emotional learning (SEL) in education in crisis-affected contexts, and to explore how psychosocial support (PSS) and social and emotional learning relate to one another.
This paper makes recommendations for how to better meet the needs of children of key populations affected by both HIV/AIDS and stigma due to association with their parents.
This report is a compilation of data of the impact half-way through the five-year Isibindi program, and it makes recommendations for meeting or surpassing targets by the end of the program in 2018.
This article presents case studies from South Africa, where social work is regulated by law, and Uganda, where social work is not professionally regulated, that show that developmental social work includes social, economic and environmental development activities and that social work can become a significant role player in promoting social and economic equality through its commitment to social justice and human rights.
The consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children can be as high as $7 trillion. While it is clear that ‘prevention pays’, levels of spending on preventive and responsive actions in relation to violence against children remain very low and are frequently not even documented. This article makes recommendations for addressing the problem through prevention methods while stressing that increased funding for research and advocacy are needed.
During a workshop organized by Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, participants explored how discrimination and social exclusion affect early development, focusing on vulnerable populations such as children living outside of family care. The Forum reviewed evidence-based data from science, economics, and politics of investing in the areas of health, education, nutrition, and social protection. Findings highilght the important role the social service workforce plays in preventing abandonment and violence in the community.
This report provides data and legal frameworks on children migrants from both a global and continent-by-continent perspective. It also includes six key recommendations for the protection of these children, including keeping families together as the best way to protect children and give children legal status.
This resource includes six steps for enhancing the scope of psychosocial support in economic strengthening programs.
Intersectionality as an approach and as a practice has emerged as one of the promising ways to promote health equity and social justice. It also helps us to consider how these positions interact with, and constituted by, social policy and social structures.
This report examines child protection system strengthening in the Philippines following emergency responses to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
An annual publication that provides a snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children, the 2016 issue focuses on children social assistance.
This manual aims to improve understanding of gender-based violence and child protection issues in the community,, and how to address these issues.
In this journal article, suggestions are offered to address issues for the evolving child protection system in Pakistan, including the challenge of defining the concept of child protection for practice; the establishment of formal administrative and institutional structures (including secondary legislation) mandated to implement the legal provisions; and the need for systematic effort to cope with the environment of a societal reluctance.
This report highlights the steps to be undertaken to develop a child care service workforce capable of applying a child rights-based approach to their work.
Cash transfer programs hold significant potential to mitigate the economic burdens resulting from the HIV epidemic and enhance the wellbeing of affected children. South Africa offers two cash transfers, and comparison studies show that OVC programs that are staffed with trained paraprofessionals who received training, compensation and other support were significantly more effective at linking families to social grants for children than volunteer-based programs.
Home visiting is a popular component of programs for HIV-affected children in sub-Saharan Africa, but its implementation varies widely. While some home visitors are lay volunteers, other programs invest in more highly trained paraprofessional staff. Results suggest that programs that invest in compensation and extensive training for home visitors are better able to serve and retain beneficiaries, and they support a move toward establishing a professional workforce of home visitors to support vulnerable children and families in South Africa.
This study examined associations between sexual initiation, unprotected sex, and having multiple sex partners in the past year with participation in a three-year empowerment program targeting orphan and vulnerable children (OVC). A Kenya-based program combines community-conditioned cash transfer, psychosocial empowerment, health education, and microenterprise development.
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