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The Symposium will provide a forum for practitioners, government representatives, scholars and other experts from around the world to discuss efforts to strengthen the social service workforce to address a range of child protection issues related to care reform, violence, HIV/AIDS and migration. This year’s Symposium will feature countries that have formed multi-stakeholder national leadership groups or committees to create and implement comprehensive national workforce strengthening strategies. These groups typically consist of high level representatives from government, multilaterals and bilaterals such as UNICEF and USAID, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, training institutions, civil society, religious organizations and professional associations. Country-based panels of speakers representing these types of stakeholders will provide examples of how they have helped to elevate the discussion about the workforce, brought more visibility to the topic, and designed and implemented strategies to better plan, develop and support the workforce. A Call to Action to spur the development of similar national leadership groups in other countries will be launched at the event.
The objectives of this symposium are to:
- Facilitate discussion and information sharing of national coordination efforts to strengthen the social service workforce and improve the lives of children and families
- Encourage stakeholder advocacy to national governments and policymakers through a Call to Action for greater planning, development and support to the social service workforce