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Retraining of social workers
FERGANA, Uzbekistan, 17 May 2011. — 40 practitioners from regional Departments of Trusteeship and Guardianship, Mehribonlik and Muruvvat Houses, specialized boarding schools, Family and Children’s Support Services, and other public service institutions working in the field of child and family support in the Fergana Valley were awarded social work diplomas today after completing an
A trained network of social workers is the essential backbone of any effective child protection system and efforts to ensure that those protection rights as laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are upheld. UNICEF commends the Centre for Social Adaptation of Children for their effort and commitment in creating a caring and protective environment for all children," said Christine Gale, UNICEF Child Protection Chief of Section in Uzbekistan
Developing the social work profession and building capacities of practitioners already in the field is part of the bigger strategic planning by national partners and UNICEF to create a more protective environment for children in the country. This also includes the development of a continuum of care for children that should be provided by children’s social services.
Work is currently under way to develop a child protection system which incorporates an ethos of protecting and supporting vulnerable children at home, including practices to ensure children are not removed from their families unless it is a last resort and for the immediate protection the child. Work is also concentrating on the
The curriculum is built on international child protection standards whilst incorporating country specificities. It covers a range of issues, including social work management, child development, child protection from abuse and neglect, promotion of alternative forms of child care and, social work practices with regard to children with disabilities. Course work is combined with
For additional information please contact:
Chrissie Gale, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist,
Tel: 2339512, 2339735, 2337709
Republican Centre for Social Adaptation of Children:
Salomat Tadjieva, Acting Chief of Department on Social Work
Tel.: 2543630, fax: 2815924