Mapping of the social service workforce across South East Europe: education context, needs and opportunities for professional development [ChildHub webinar]

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Date of webinar: 
25 Mar 2016
Start and finish time of webinar: 
15.00 CET
Bree Akesson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Child Protection Hub for South East Europe

This webinar will present the results from a multi-country mapping of the social service workforce across eight countries in southeast Europe, conducted by Child Protection Hub. The study provides a basic overview of the education and training context in which child protection practices are delivered in the region and identifies potential needs and opportunities for further professional development, training, and/or capacity building to strengthen the social service workforce in the region. The webinar will present the purpose of the study, the methodology, the findings, and recommendations for next steps.

About the lecturer:

Bree Akesson has worked with children, families, and communities affected by crises such as poverty, disaster, and war for the past 15 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work in Canada. She is also affiliated with research institutes at McGill University (the Centre for Research on Children and Families) and Columbia University (Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group and the CPC Learning Network). With field experience in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, she has worked with a range of international and non-governmental agencies including the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, and UNICEF. She has organized two regional mapping exercises in West and Central Africa and southeast Europe in order to uncover ways to strengthening the social service workforce.

The recording of the Webinar is available here.

To learn more see recommended sources: 
Child protection systems: Mapping and assessment toolkit 
Social service workforce training in the west and central Africa region 
The state of the social service workforce 2015 report: A multi-country review

This project is funded by: