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UNICEF working to transform the delivery of social services for children

© UNICEF 2011
UNICEF Representative Mr. Sheldon Yett addressing the participants at the Institute for Social Activities workshop

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.
“Continuous professional development, combined with strict licensing and accreditation requirements are among the key elements of an effective system for the provision of social service,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative.
With the new social protection programme adopted by the Government in 2010, Centers for Social Work will be divided in two entities, one administrating social benefits and the second providing outreach and social services to vulnerable groups. As a contribution to the ongoing reform, UNICEF is providing support to establish an integrated data collection system and the development of curriculum that will replace the current practice of adhoc and sporadic training for professionals.

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.

For further information, please contact:

Suzie Pappas Capovska
Communications Officer, UNICEF Skopje
Tel: (02) 3231-150 (ext :127),  072  236 725 


Irina Ivanovska
Tel: (02) 3231-150 (ext :107),  072  236 722 



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