The HIV/AIDS epidemic and other risk factors have led to a growing number of highly vulnerable children, not just in South Africa but across sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. Efforts to care for this growing population have created an increasing demand for social service programs and services as well as an array of social service workers with the skills and experience needed to implement programs and meet a complex range of social service needs. Faced with these overwhelming needs, limited resources and competing priorities, some countries have made efforts to address constraints through the creation of community-based social service workers. This webinar offered an opportunity to hear from three experts who described the process behind the scale-up of this cadre of community-based child and youth care workers, including the rationale for its expansion, and recommendations for others on how to plan and operationalize a similar program.
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