DRC National Training Curriculum for Para-Social Workers Working with Vulnerable Children

November 9, 2017
Authors: Francesca Stuer and Siân Long, Maestral International; Mr. Jules Bisiwala, Ministère des Affaires Sociales Direction d’Études et Planification (MINAS DEP)
Organization: Catholic Relief Services, Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children)

This curriculum was developed with the DRC Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS) and various key stakeholders involved in child protection in the DRC including UNICEF, War Child, the REEJER network of NGOs working with street-children, and other members of the National Child Protection Working Group. The course is based on a set of core para social worker competencies, that were adapted in-country in a participatory process, from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance’s global core para-social worker (PSW) competencies. The training is organized in the following six modules that can be provided together or separately, depending on user needs:

Module One: Introduction to PSW functions as they relate to child protection in the DRC

Module Two: Communication and listening
Module Three: Understanding children’s and families basic rights, needs and strengths
Module Four: Referral and case management
Module Five: Working in the community
Module Six: Self-development and planning

The training package includes a training guide with Detailed Instructions for each Session, Handouts, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Core trainers of the MINAS were trained to deliver the training curriculum. In an effort to gradually standardize PSW competencies across the DRC, the intention is that organizations call upon these core trainers to use the standardized national curriculum train the PSW with whom they work, after which the MINAS can formally acknowledge the PSW’s training certificates.