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The Overlap Between the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems in Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba has one of the highest rates of children taken into care of child welfare services (Child and Family Services; CFS) in the world, and also one of the highest youth incarceration rates in Canada. There is substantial overlap between the child welfare and youth justice systems, with...

An Examination of Youth Protective Factors and Caregiver Parenting Skills at Entry Into the Child Welfare System and Their Association with Justice System Involvement

This study sought to distinguish youth in the child welfare system who became involved with the justice system from youth who did not become involved with the justice system based on the youth's protective factors and their caregivers' parenting skills.

2019 Prevention Resource Guide

The 2019 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It includes chapters on: Strengthening Individuals, Families and Communities; Working With Families Using the Protective-Factors; Using...

Child Welfare Caseworkers and Children with Developmental Disabilities: An exploratory study

Children with developmental disabilities are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Although caseworkers play a key role in ensuring that the special needs of these children are met, little is known regarding caseworkers’ knowledge about, exposure to, and comfort with people with...

Why We Decided to Transition from Residential to Family-based Care

The Child Rescue Centre became the first orphanage in Sierra Leone to fully transition from residential to family-based care. The decision to transition was made for many reasons, but the most unique reason is found in the story of Child Rescue Centre Director, Mohamed Nabieu. Nabieu, brought to...

Mapping Social Work Education in the West Africa Region: Movements toward indigenization in 12 countries’ training programs

This article presents the results of a systematic mapping of social work training programs in countries throughout West Africa, a region historically under‐represented in global discussions of the social welfare workforce. The research illuminates how social workers and related professionals are...

The Transition from Institutional Care to Adulthood and Independence: A Social Services Professional and Institutional Caregiver Perspective in Harare, Zimbabwe

In this study, interviews with institutional caregivers and social workers, complemented with site observations at selected institutions for children, details some of the challenges care institutions and children transitioning into adulthood and out of care face. The study concludes by making...

Building on Promising Practices to Protect Children in Migration Across the European Union

This paper highlights five practices from within the EU, all of which illustrate promising responses to protecting children in migration. The practices include reception and care arrangements, procedural safeguards to support and assist children and ways to improve the identification of durable...

Supporting Children, Blaming Parents: Frontline providers’ perception of childhood’s adversity and parenthood in Indonesia

This article explores the construction of childhood and parenthood in rural communities in Indonesia based on a series of focus group discussions with service providers, community decision makers, and para professionals. The interviews sought to examine providers’ definition of successful children...

State of the Social Service Workforce 2018

This 4th annual report consolidates trends and data from 32 countries to make recommendations for better planning, development and support to this frontline workforce.

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