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Developing Social Work Capacity in Low-Resource Environments

Principles of social work are at the core of ensuring vulnerable children are cared for in a safe and healthy way.  However, due to lack of availability or inadequate funding, many organizations have limited or under-resourced social work staff, posing risks to the well-being of the children and families they serve.  How do we meet the needs of children and families when a professionally trained  social service workforce is not available?  This webinar will address how we can train and empower para professionals to fulfill key roles to ensure vulnerable children are well cared for.
This is the tenth module in the CAFO Knowledge + Practice webinar series,  which translates research into actionable information that OVC care practitioners can implement immediately to elevate the quality of the care they provide.
Amy Bess is the Coordinator of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, a network that aims to generate the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools and political will and action to address key social service workforce challenges in low and middle income countries. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with international NGOs in management and technical support roles in emergency response and community development programs for vulnerable children and youth. She has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Balkans addressing the psychosocial well-being and protection of vulnerable children and youth, particularly by developing the professional skills of the workforce serving this population. She has also managed US-based refugee resettlement programs. She has an MSW in community organization and administration from the University of Michigan.


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