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Active Family Support Service

01 July 2018 – 30 June 2019

Prevention of separation of young children from 0 to 3 years of age from families in crisis.

Implementation of a range of social and psychological services that make it possible to maintain a safe family environment for the child in a difficult life situation, and to avoid placing of the child into residential care, including in emergency situations when parents temporarily are not able to take adequate care of their children. Development and strengthening of parental competence that result in sustainable, qualitative changes in the family.

The project is implemented in the city of St. Petersburg

Financed by:   Presidential Grants Foundation Partners:
Child Protection Agencies, Public Assistance Centers for families and children, NGOs
Short Breaks Foster Care for children with severe multiple disabilities

01 November 2018 – 30 November 2019

Support and resilience-building of the family raising children with severe multiple disabilities”.

"Short Breaks Service" is a family support service that provides a short break to families which take continuous care of the children, by arranging care of the children in another family that can meet their changing developmental needs, expand their social network and enhance quality of life. This kind of support changes the situation in the family for the better, reduces the risk of abandonment and / or placement in an institution. The service can be provided at the child's residential accommodation, or in the hospital / sanatorium, where the child is placed temporarily. This project promotes active involvement of the civil society in helping families with children with disabilities, and promotes the integration of such families into the local community.

The project is implemented in the city of St. Petersburg and its nearest suburbs

Financed by:   Presidential Grants Foundation Partners:

Regional Alliance Projects


The Partnership for Every Child CEE/CIS Regional Alliance has existed since 2009 as an informal affiliation of five NGOs: «Partnerships for Every Child» in Moldova (www.p4ec.md)), Ukraine (www.p4ec.org.ua), and Russia (www.p4ec.ru), «Partnership for Children in Georgia»  and For Our Children Foundation in Bulgaria (www.detebg.org).

The five NGOs share a common mission to prevent unnecessary loss of family care for vulnerable children and provide protection to children without parental care in the CEE/CIS region and are committed to developing a region-wide program that can help to build synergies and accelerate the pace of child care reform across the CEE/CIS region.

The Regional Alliance has created a business unit call the P4EC CEE/CIS Consultancy Group which has been actively delivering consultancy and technical assistance to a range of contractors such as UNICEF and Oxford Policy Management since 2013.

The CEE/CIS Consultancy Group offers a pool of experienced consultants, who can provide international quality consultancy across a range of health, social care, education, social protection, social and public policy portfolios.  The CEE/CIS Consultancy Group provides services to local and national authorities, state and non-state service providers, to donors and international consulting firms working in development assistance.   We have a network of offices and staff in 5 countries and an extensive network of consultants, associates and partner organizations across the CEE/CIS region as well as globally through our participation in international NGO, academic, EU and UN networks.  We have links to relevant communities of practice and policy, national government ministries and local authorities, national and international NGOs, international organizations and donors in the five member countries as well as in many other countries of the region including Mongolia, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and internationally.

Financed by:

Partners:

UNICEF Europe and Central Asia
regional office (ECARO)

  • Оxford Policy Management,
  • Partnership for Every Child Moldova
«Technical support to UNICEF Europe and Central Asia regional office (ECARO) for a Regional Conference on Social Service Workforce/Social work»

May 2018 - March 2019

Tasks:
• work with different programme sections of UNICEF ECARO and UNICEF country offices to decide on methodology for collecting documentation on social work/social services (SW/SS) workforce practices;
• based on the agreed methodology, document promising practices and models of social work/social services workforce roles and functions within different sectors (health, education, social welfare/protection, child protection, ECD, C4D, justice, etc.) in different countries in ECA region in close collaboration with governments, academia and civil society;
• construct a draft metric for measuring investment and progress in the social work and social service workforce (e.g., number of social workers across different sectors, training scale and level.; this matrix will be used for the participating governments to develop their Investment Management Systems (IMS) on the ways/approaches for social service workforce enhancement; details of the matrix will be discussed and agreed upon during inception meeting;
• provide technical support in preparation for a high-level conference ensuring that the countries where documentation and discussions have taken place are well positioned to present their efforts in a coherent way;

Outputs:
1. Call to Action: Strengthening the Social Work and Social Service Workforce in Europe and Central Asia;
2. Framework for Monitoring Implementation of the Call to Action;
3. Concept note: Conference on Strengthening the Social Work and Social Service Workforce in Europe and Central Asia;
4. Literature Review on the development of the social work and social service workforce in Europe and Central Asia;
5. Case studies on social work and social service workforce strengthening: Albania, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Romania;

Financed by:

Partners:

UNICEF Tunisia

Оxford Policy Management
Every Child has a right to a family - Support for de-institutionalization in Tunisia

October 2017 – June 2018

Tasks:
The development of a National deinstitutionalization strategy and the establishment of a concrete action plan to enhance the strengths of the existing child protection system and development of a wide range of services to meet the basic needs of children without family care or are at risk of loss parental care in accordance with the "Guidelines for the alternative care of children" of the UN.

Development of recommendations to improve the quality of family prevention and support services, including services for children born out of wedlock, children with disabilities and other children at risk of separation from their parents, as well as the cost of various family support options and alternative forms of child care.

Outputs:

  1. Situational analysis
  2. Strategy and action plan
  3. Communications strategy and action plan
  4. Legislation analysis
  5. Note on costs of services
  6. A policy brief
International Institutional Consultancy for preparation of the Social Service Standards and Curriculum for teaching social work professionals in Turkmenistan

September 2017 – October 2018

Tasks:
To support the Government of Turkmenistan in the development and practical implementation of inclusive (integrated) quality community-based services for vulnerable children and families by 2020, including the development of Standards of Social Services and the development of a training program for future professional social workers.

As a result of the project: Report "Action Plan for the development of social services and human resources for social work for 2018-2028» have been prepared.

Financed by:

Partners:

UNICEF TURKMEN
  • P4EC Moldova
  • P4EC Ukraine

Outputs:

  1. Action plan for the development of social work and social services for children and families (English and Russian)
  2. Guidance on operationalizing community based social services for children and families (Russian)
  3. Social work curriculum and plan for developing social work bachelor degree courses in Turkmenistan (Russian)
  4. Social work training modules (Russian)
  5. Brief summary of the Russian docs in English
«Child-friendly social environment" - the development of alternative social services within the framework of transformation of the system of care for children». Kazakhstan

September 2017 – June 2018

Tasks:
1. To assess the situation of de-institutionalization and development of existing preventive social services for family support, alternative family arrangement of children and development planning;
2. To Develop and test a training program for child protection specialists.

Draft minimum standards and procedures for the provision of special social services for the child and the family and a draft CPF Regulation have been prepared.

Financed by:

Partners:

UNICEF Kazakhstan
  • The Family Academy
  • Оxford Policy Management

Outputs:

  1. Analytical report on the situation on prevention, flow and process of de-institutionalization in Kzyl-Orda and Mangystau regions, Almaty has been prepared;
  2. The analysis of the needs for retraining of employees of new alternative forms of placement of children in Kyzylorda and Mangistau regions, Almaty has been prepared;
  3. Provided recommendations for process improvement and plan of action for Kyzylorda and Mangistau oblasts, Almaty;
Childonomics - Measuring the long term social and economic value of investing in children

September 2016 – December 2017

The Childonomics research project has developed an instrument that can help decision-makers, child care specialists, social workers, researchers, child rights advocates and other interested parties reflect on the long-term social and economic return of investing in children and families within a given national or sub-national context.
The Childonomics is a methodology for assessing the value of different types of services by enabling consideration of costs of different services and approaches to supporting children and families in vulnerable situations – or at risk of entering into vulnerable situations - and the kinds of outcomes which interaction with those services might be expected to achieve for the child and family as well as for the community and society as a whole.
The project and methodology uses a rights-based foundation and an outcomes focus as a basis for understanding the investment in children and families that is required to ensure the well-being of children, with a particular emphasis on supporting children, families, and communities in order to prevent and reduce any form of developmental delay, harm and, especially, the unnecessary separation of children from their parents or families.
The methodology proposes an approach to economic modelling that can be used in a number of ways to inform decision-making, advocacy, research and practice development.

Financed by:

Partners:

Eurochild
  • International Foster Care Organization
  • Оxford Policy Management

Results:

Conceptual framework

Methodology

Reports on piloting the methodology in Malta and Romania