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Digital Notebooks for Social Work

Country/place
Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Madagascar, Morocco, Republic of the Congo, Peru, Cambodia,

The number of vulnerable children and young people is increasing in the world. Among them, an estimated 120 to 150 million are children in street situations. These youngsters represent multiple profiles and paths. Caring for these children who have experienced trauma such as street violence, expulsion, separation from their families etc, requires social workers and educators to master theoretical, practical and relational skills suited to the specific needs and characteristics of this population. However, there is a lack of solid and holistic training on the topic of children in street situations.

In order to help improving training and exchanges between social workers, educators and experts in the field of children’s rights and protection, we have developed, in collaboration with our partners in the field, the “Digital Notebooks for Social Work”. These notebooks are composed of training modules for social workers and educators in contact with vulnerable children. The various online modules are built around the major themes of the care of children, starting with the first meetings until their return to their family or to school.

The Digital Notebooks also constitute an online community connecting the actors of child protection mentioned above. This network allows the exchange of theoretical knowledge, good practices, and the sharing of rich experiences from workers on the ground. This community complements the online modules by providing a lively link to the training courses and serves as a platform to ask and answer questions of social workers in their daily lives.

Our first Digital Notebook is available since October 2020 and focuses on educational support for unaccompanied minors. Our next Notebooks will focus exclusively on children in street situations. The first modules of this Notebook will deal with the care of these children, starting with the first moments of exchanges in the street with the social worker to the establishment of trust until the arrival in the structure, then the listening, physical, psychological, and educational care that these children need before entering an integration process. These modules will be available in 2022.

Objectives:

  • Promote the improvement of practices and the quality of care for vulnerable children by child protection associations and thus ensure their social reintegration,
  • Improve the skills of educators and promote this profession

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