Quality of social work in Georgia to be strengthened with support from European Union and UNICEF

29 November 2021
Children
UNICEF/Sulakauri

TBILISI, Georgia, 26 November 2021. Social workers of the Agency for State Care and Assistance for the Victims of Human trafficking are to benefit from a joint project, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the Georgian Association of Social Workers.

Part of the project will support the development of social work services. The project will identify what type of interventions, methodologies and tools are required and will support the development of these relevant instruments. A new case management system for social work as well as the specialization of professionals will be further assessed and improved. The system will be rolled out throughout Georgia’s regions.           

Social workers will be trained to better identify the risks of suicide as well as the risks of sexual abuse of children in a timely manner and to prevent it. To this end, special guidelines will be developed, and the specialists will undergo relevant training.    

 

"A well-planned, developed, and supported social service workforce can be a life-changing and powerful force for children, families, and communities in the fight against poverty, violence and for social inclusion." - Ghassan Khalil

 

“A well-planned, developed, and supported social service workforce can be a life-changing and powerful force for children, families, and communities in the fight against poverty, violence and for social inclusion”, said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “Thanks to the European Union for their continuous support. And we will work together with the Agency for State Care and Assistance for the Victims of Human trafficking and the Georgian Association of Social Workers to further strengthen social workers to better support communities,” added Khalil.

Social work supervision will be further strengthened and supported. An internal concept of social work career development and professional growth will be developed to create a system of internal training and professional development - a complex training mechanism that will enable the Agency to develop its staff and train new workforces on its own. 

High-quality social work service promotes the protection of the rights of children and families. They are crucial in meeting the basic and complex needs of communities and people, especially the most vulnerable.  The newly adopted Law on Social Work of Georgia establishes a legislative framework for social work practitioners and introduces social work at the municipal level, including outreach, identification of problems, and making relevant referrals according to need, as well as informing and consulting the families and groups in need on existing services and benefits.

The three-year project ‘Strengthening Systems and Services for Child Protection in Georgia’ funded by the European Union is aimed to strengthen legislation, policies and guidance to support the de-institutionalization process; and enhance the capacity of the professional workforce at central and municipal levels to support and protect children and families in Georgia.

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UNICEF Georgia

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