Constructive and supportive social connections help buffer parents from stressors and support nurturing parenting behaviors that promote secure attachments in young children. Therefore, parents’ high quality social connections are beneficial to both the adults and the children. This action sheet offers strategies that may assist in engaging families in developing social connections.
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To inform and guide the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, this global landscape analysis aims to establish the size and scope of the challenges faced by the early childhood workforce, while also highlighting promising practices countries have adopted in response to these challenges. Covering a range of roles, this analysis aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the current status of the workforce worldwide. In this report, competences encompass the requirements and expectations for what early childhood professionals and paraprofessionals should know and be able to do.
This article presents research exploring the conceptualization and practice of supervision during social worker training in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, Francophone West African countries whose social work education frameworks and processes are nearly absent in the academic literature.
The standards reflect shared thinking and common agreement among humanitarian and human rights practitioners.
Linkages between the social service system are especially relevant within OVC programming given that children and families affected by HIV and other adversities tend to have multiple vulnerabilities that require services and support provided by both sectors. This brief provides an overview of referral mechanisms and the importance of collaboration with other sectors.
This training presentation is aimed at child welfare administrators, managers and supervisors for understanding the potential role of coaching and considerations for its use to support their workforce.
One of the objectives of the May’khethele Programme is to build capacity across different levels of the social service workforce.
Refugee adolescents face increased vulnerability to child protection risks including abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation. The aim of this qualitative study was to examine the nature of violence against adolescents in Kiziba Camp, Rwanda, using an ecological framework to analyze the factors that influence protection risks and abuse disclosure across multiple system levels.
This summary report is derived from key informant interviews and a desk review. It includes service providers' awareness of and engagement with potential VAC-HIV synergies and highlights existing practices to prevent and/or respond to cases of violence against children within services, as well as barriers and opportunities to making linkages.
Design Teams help agencies improve their workplace and cope with change through interventions designed and implemented by a team representing all agency levels. This manual provides information about how to implement Design Teams, the rationale of and research about Design Teams, examples of various documents related to Design Teams, and a variety of resources to assist with implementation.
Using telephone interviews with a statewide sample of recently hired, frontline workers, this study applied a social capital framework to consider support functionality or capitalization. Findings highlight that, although nearly all workers recognized the importance of instrumental and expressive support, many workers did not capitalize on support.
Assessing a number of worker characteristics, an analysis of the Dalgleish Scale (an instrument designed to measure the perspectives of workers across the continuum of child safety versus family preservation beliefs) revealed that staff who have worked in child welfare longer are more likely to be oriented toward family preservation, whereas staff working in the field for a shorter time period or rating the shared vision among staff higher are more likely to be oriented toward child safety.
This is a presentation delivered at the 2015 International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement that highlights the dynamics of child protection systems and the intersection and challenges of family preservation and child safety in child protection situations.
The report presents key findings from the assessment as well as recommendations for government and other actors. Child Protection-related findings include data on the risks and safety of Rohingya refugee children (including family separation), unaccompanied and separated children, violence against children, and child marriage and trafficking, among other concerns.
The protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect requires engagement of the whole community. In this article, child protection managers and direct service workers in Saudi Arabia report their experiences in implementing new policies. Findings of the study showed that early improvements to child protection policies and programs led to confusion among workers regarding their role and were perceived by the workers to be placing children at risk.
In this third annual report, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance highlights the many ways that the social service workforce positively impacts the lives of children and families affected by violence.
This toolkit provides recommendations and examples of practice for senior social services professionals providing care for people with disabilities.
The government of Uganda in its efforts to strengthen the child protection system in Uganda chairs and hosts a multi-stakeholder national coordination mechanism on child protection ( The National Child Protection Working Group) aimed at harmonizing national actions to emerging child protection concerns. Learning from policy, research and practice is one of the strategies employed by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG).
The report makes recommendations for various steps in the care continuum around child abuse.
This research takes the statistics on violence against children in South Africa and models the cost of inaction. The costing exercise gives useful economic arguments about all forms of violence against children and more importantly some concrete suggestions for how this should be addressed. The key issues resonate with those engaging on child protection and other related issues beyond South Africa.
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