Even though social support and care services exist, there are often hurdles that make them inefficient and inaccessible to some children and families, which in turn leaves too many children without the proper social support and care they need.
There are three major positive impacts that social support and care can have over children’s lives. First, they can help keep vulnerable children together with their families. Second, they can help lift children out of poverty by either complementing social transfers or delivered as a standalone service. Finally, social support and care can help even the playing field so that the most excluded children are also able to access basic social services such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation.
If there’s no efficient social support and care system, the problems facing children will remain unresolved and many children will remain at risk of poverty, at risk being excluded, discriminated against, or simply not able to fully enjoy their rights, to survive, thrive and grow into successful and contributing members of the society.
The nexus for social care provision in the community is often the Centre for Social Work. Currently, Centres for Social Work are particularly underrepresented in rural areas where they are needed most. Existing Centres and Social Workers are sometimes overwhelmed with more cases than they can possibly manage.