Social Services

Working Paper on the Role of Social Service Workforce Development in Care Reform

This working paper explores the topic of social service workforce development as it relates to child care reform. It is intended to be a useful resource for reform efforts and a practical overview for use by policy-makers, practitioners, and service providers in contexts that are either considering the implications of care reforms for their social service workforce or are already engaged in a process. The paper illustrates key issues by drawing on the experiences of Indonesia, Moldova, and Rwanda, three countries in the process of reform, each within their own context and history, social and political system, protection structure and services, and social service education system.

Symposium Report: Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children: The Role of the Social Service Workforce

This report summarizes the contents of the symposium “Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children: The Role of the Social Service Workforce” hosted by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance with support from PEPFAR/USAID and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. Held at the National Press Club and made available via live webcast on April 29, 2014, the symposium contributed to the growing body of knowledge regarding the role of the social service workforce in promoting strong families and better futures for children. Expert presenters discussed current initiatives to strengthen the social service workforce and improve systems and services that promote well-being, protection, and healthy development. In addition to the report, the full program is available on the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance’s website, along with videos and presentations.

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