UNICEF working to transform the delivery of social services for children
Skopje, 8 February 2011 - The United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy initiated efforts to transform the way the Institute for Social Activities (ISA) delivers continuous professional development programmes to professionals working in the Centers for Social Work (CSW) and child care institutions. The initiative is part of the ongoing reform of the social protection system designed to improve the efficiency of the system and improve the quality of social services for vulnerable groups, including children.
Westwater International Partnerships and the University of Strathclyde-Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care - a UK based consortium with specialized experience in design and delivery of child protection training for social workers and childcare professionals – is partnering with UNICEF to work with ISA on the curriculum.
The curriculum will define the learning competencies that professionals working in CSW and childcare institutions must have to deliver quality services. It will prescribe the minimum training hours that professionals must complete to qualify fora license [certification] to work in social protection, and include specialized training programmes and specific licensing criteria to qualify to work with specific child protection cases such as working with children in conflict with the law and child sexual abuse etc.
To kick off the curriculum development process, an inception workshop was conducted today to gather information and assess training needs – to establish a “skills inventory”. It is expected that the curriculum will be developed, tested and ISA staff trained as master trainers during 2011.
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