Social Service Workforce Week 2018
For the last five years, the Alliance has held “Social Service Workforce Week” (SSWWeek) as a means to bring more attention and support to the social service workforce and build awareness of various workforce strengthening activities happening throughout the world. To be celebrated September 24 - 28, this year’s SSWWeek will increase attention to the recently launched Call to Action, share examples of how it is being implemented, and outline steps individuals and groups can take toward achievement of the country and global level recommended action outlined in this advocacy document. Sign up to receive the daily emails with blogs, resources and other information. We will also be highlighting some of the ways the organizations that have signed on to the Call to Action are supporting workforce strengthening efforts. Join us in advocating for the workforce all week!
- Day 1, September 24: A Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the SDGs
- Day 2, September 25: Mapping the Social Service Workforce to Better Protect Children
- Day 3, September 26: Development of a National Social Service Workforce Strengthening Strategy
- Day 4, September 27: Ending Violence Against Children Requires a Strong Social Service Workforce
Join a webinar at 09:00 EDT on this topic, hosted by the Alliance, UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence.
- Day 5, September 28: Actions for Realizing a Stronger Social Service Workforce
Join a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 25 from 09:00-10:00EDT to discuss the need for strengthening the social service workforce to better protect children and achieve the SDGs, and exchanging promising practices. Hosted by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance @SSWAlliance and Mtoto News @MtotoNews. Please tag these organizations or use #SSWWeek in your replies.
Q1 –#SSWWeek is an opportunity to advocate for social service workers. What are examples of successful advocacy efforts that have created policy change, increased budget allocations or achieved >recognition for #socialservice professions, including #socialwork, #CYCW & other workers?
Q2 – What are some steps you are taking to ensure the social service workforce is well-planned, developed & supported to meet the needs of the communities where they work? #SSWWeek
Q3 – Why is strengthening the social service workforce needed to #ENDViolence against children & achieve #SDG16? #SSWWeek #childprotection
Q4 – The INSPIRE package from @WHO & partners provides 7 strategies to #ENDViolence against children. What are your ideas for implementing the “R” of INSPIRE: response & support services? #SSWWeek #SDG16
Q5 – How does the social service workforce contribute to #SDG3 and promote the health & well-being for all, including workforce support to people affected by #HIV/AIDS? #SSWWeek #AIDSFreeGen
Q6 – What efforts are underway to strengthen the workforce to better support families & family-based care options for children? How can workforce strengthening be integrated into #carereform? #alternativecare #SSWWeek
Social Service Workforce Week 2017
The 4th annual Social Service Workforce Week was celebrated from September 25 - 29. This year's theme highlighted why we need to advocate for a stronger workforce to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goals related to violence, migration and health. Daily themed blogs, worker profiles and related resources helped to increase attention and action for strengthening the social service workforce.
- Day 1, September 25: Why do we need to advocate for a strong social service workforce? by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
- Day 2, September 26: How does the social service workforce contribute to SDGs related to violence? by Roger Pearson, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser, Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF
- Day 3, September 27: Strengthening the Workforce to Deliver Psychosocial Support for Refugee Women and Girls: Lessons from Northern and West Nile in Uganda, by Dinnah Nabwire and Joseph Zzimula, TPO Uganda
- Day 4, September 28: How the social service workforce is vital to helping achieve the SDGs related to health and well-being for all, by Dr. Tapfuma Murove, Chief of Party, 4 Children at Catholic Relief Services, Nigeria
- Day 5, September 29: Many Voices are Greater than One: How you can advocate for the social service workforce to achieve the SDGs, by Nicole Brown, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
Social Service Workforce Week 2016
Social Service Workforce Week was held September 26 - 30. The year’s theme was “Building the Case for a Stronger Social Service Workforce.” Daily blogs will review the reasons a stronger workforce is needed to best care for vulnerable populations, and how this can be achieved. Read each day's blog below.
- Day 1, September 26 - Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Full speed ahead to a stronger social service workforce
- Day 2, September 27 - Navigating Speed Bumps Ahead: Developing competencies for para professional workers
- Day 3, September 28 - Building Roadmaps for the Workforce Strengthening Journey with Improved Data
- Day 4, September 29 - Engineering Case Management Approaches
- Day 5, September 30 - Advocacy that Moves the Social Service Workforce to the Fast Lane
Social Service Workforce Week 2015
In 2015, Social Service Workforce Week was celebrated from September 21 - 25, 2015. The theme of the week focused on the role of community level workers. Read the daily blogs to learn more about this important aspect of work.
- Day 1: Community Workers are the Backbone of a Strong Social Service Workforce, by Amy Bess, Coordinator, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
- Day 2: Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Children: The important role of the community level worker, by Grace Mayanja, Chief of Party, USAID SUNRISE-OVC Project, Uganda
- Day 3: Supporting Community Level Social Service Workers to Promote Better Health Outcomes, by Carol Bales, IntraHealth International
- Day 4: The Role of Community Level Social Service Workers in Care Reform, by Stela Grigoras, Partnership for Every Child, Moldova and Florence Martin, Better Care Network
- Day 5: A Competency Framework for Para Professional Social Service Workers, by Jim McCaffery, Chair, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Steering Committee
There were many excellent examples of how other organizations promoted the week and shared resources in 2015 about the para professional workforce.
- IntraHealth International blog on VITAL: Social Service Week Celebrates Community Level Workers
- ChildHub for South East Europe website
- NASW Social Work blog
- American International Health Alliance's video: Training Para Social Workers in Tanzania
Social Service Workforce Week 2014
The first Social Service Workforce week was held in April 2014 as a means to raise awareness for the Alliance and garner support from members, organizations and the public around the issue and importance of social service workforce strengthening. A blog and other resources were released each day during the week.
Read the blog posts from each day:
- Day 1: Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children, by Zeni Thumbadoo, Deputy Director, National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa
- Day 2: It Takes a Team – An example of integrating systems of care for abused children in the Philippines, by Dr. Bernadette Madrid, Executive Director, Child Protection Unit Network, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines
- Day 3: Leading the Way to the Future – Preparing Future Social Service Leaders, by Dr. Nathan L. Linsk, PhD, Professor of Social Work in Family Medicine, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Day 4: Understand the Workforce –Who are they, what do they do and how can we help them do it better? by Maury Mendenhall, MSW, Senior Technical Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, US Agency for International Development
- Day 5: Making Sure the Workforce Has the Support it Needs, by Dr. James McCaffery, PhD, Senior Advisor, Training Resources Group and CapacityPlus