The paper examines the critical role of social workers in caring for orphans and vulnerable children and highlights best practices in advancing the field. By focusing on successes and challenges via case studies from Indonesia, Moldova and Rwanda, the report describes each country's reform processes and identify ways to strengthen and align the social service workforce based on the needs of the system, the scope of the issue and different care reform outcomes.
Based on the workforce strengthening strategies identified in the case studies, the paper concludes with lessons and recommendations, including the need to:
- Engage a diverse set of actors in the change process
- Reform policy and build the evidence base for care reform and workforce development
- Develop and strengthen strategies and approaches in practice
- Plan, develop and support the workforce
- Shift human and financial resources in care reform
GHR Foundation's Children in Families funding supports child protection interventions that strengthen families, respond to children without family care and drive further evidence of innovative, pro-family approaches. We know global development challenges are complex, but the full range of our partners’ work is extremely valuable in establishing and sharing the knowledge needed to create effective change. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.