This study brief explores the self-care practices of child welfare workers in one southeastern US state. Results reveal that child welfare workers only engage in self-care at moderate levels.
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Children involved in the child welfare system may sometimes require clinical care from mental health professionals. The child welfare and mental health professionals working with these children and their families may not always have opportunities to collaborate despite both seeking to improve outcomes.
There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence about the negative impacts that staff turnover can have on children, families, and other staff in agencies that provide Wraparound care coordination. The cost to replace staff is also high. This report highlights findings from a study toward determining strategies to reduce turnover, increase job satisfaction and ultimately improve care.
This issue in Humanitarian Practice Network includes several articles that highlight opportunities for integrating MHPSS programming in humanitarian response, ways to overcome the challenges associated with introducing multi-sectoral interventions into existing systems, research and operational experience, how academics and practitioners can partner effectively to produce actionable evidence in humanitarian settings, and the case for scaling up MHPSS interventions to reach more people at lower cost.
This brief provides specific steps for social workers and social service agencies to take for reintegration and repatriation preparation.
This guide includes several documents that focus on challenges that state child welfare agencies face when working with youth. To address these challenges, the guide presents the Youth Welfare approach, which outlines how agencies can shift from a child-focused system to a youth-focused system by implementing practices that support youth and their needs. Agencies and others working with youth in care can access the complete guide or download the tools, which include a graphic and several exercises to build staff knowledge and skills in youth welfare.
Social services are instrumental in addressing challenges associated with aging. Yet, practitioners report needing expanded gerontological knowledge and better supervision. The Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) program of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was designed to improve gerontological services by strengthening supervision of the social service workforce. Implications of this model for enhancing supervisory practice are discussed.
This toolkit includes resources that can be used by all cadres of the health and social service workforces and service delivery professionals. It includes a case study and tools for understanding and addressing causes of workforce problems and tips for supportive supervision.
Readers are offered glimpses of what child protection and child care looks like in this region.
This document is part of a Meal4Kids series. The checklist is intended to help child psychosocial support and Child Friendly Space supervisors adhere to quality standards during program implementation.
This paper highlights key drivers for improving integration of mental health, including a qualified workforce delivering quality services.
Evidence suggests that relationships with caregivers and peers play a central role in mediating childhood experiences of adversity. Unfortunately, interventions for children affected by crises are usually too fragmented to maximize the protective effects of healthy relationships. This article stresses the importance of developing multisectoral and relational interventions capable of promoting healthy development across the life course.
This report of the 3rd annual BICON Conference consolidates knowledge and best practices and discusses gaps and challenges, with a focus on issues relating to Alternative Care for Children in South Asia. A common thread across each of the conference themes, and a key requirement for an effective child protection system, are greater numbers of qualified social service workers.
The Amajuba Child Health and Wellbeing Research Project measured the impact of orphaning due to HIV/AIDS on South African households between 2004 and 2007. Research highlights importance of promoting integration of government social welfare services for families and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The CB MHPSS operational guidelines are designed and intended to help UNICEF staff and partners support and promote safe, nurturing environments for children’s recovery, psychosocial wellbeing and protection. The guidelines present an operational framework that emphasizes engaging actors at all levels (children, caregivers, families and community service providers) to design and implement MHPSS strategies.
Social workers’ decision making is at the heart of adoption and needs to be subject to ethical scrutiny from within the profession and from without. This Enquiry explores the ethical and human rights dimensions of social work practice when making life changing decisions about children and their families, which often have wider and long-lasting implications for communities and society in general. This Enquiry into sensitive and complex areas of practice is a start to further discussions and debate about improvements.
This report provides an analysis and evaluation of a range of child protection practice frameworks in terms of the way they respond to the values and principles and approach to working with children and families applicable to the continuum of child protection practice. The project objective was the development of a benchmarking tool identifying the the quality and comprehensiveness of child protection practice frameworks.
This working paper launches a new series of publications that identify good practice in enabling the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection systems and programmes. It finds that South Africa’s lifecycle system of social security transfers for disabled people, one of the such systems in low- and middle-income countries, has overall had a major positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.
INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children is an evidence-based technical package to support countries in their efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children aged 0-17 years. The package includes the core document describing what the INSPIRE strategies and interventions are; an implementation handbook that provides details on how to implement the interventions, and a set of indicators to measure the uptake of INSPIRE and its impact on levels of violence against children.
This report describes policies, education, funding and support available to the workforce, and includes data available on the composition of the workforce in eight countries.
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