BPSW has worked on the following initiatives, and continues to work on developing other projects in collaboration with local government and NGOs.
In 2010 BPSW along with the Hunter College National Resource Center for Permanency Planning and Family Connections worked with Save the Children to train 20 social work faculty in permanency planning. BPSW organized and supervised a 6 week practicum for all faculty participating in this program. This program was part of a larger effort of the Indonesian government to shift the paradigm of child protection from institutional to community-based care.
In 2004 immediately following the tsunami, BPSW in collaboration with the Social Work Professional Organization (IPSPI) coordinated a small group of social work faculty from 5 social work schools. They worked to develop a grant for training local government workers in Aceh province to deliver community-based services to communities impacted by the disaster.
In 2005, with a small grant from the International Federation of Social Workers, and under the auspice of IPSPI, the grant team conducted a needs assessment and short training on community-based case management with the local government in Aceh.
In 2006, with the assistance of BPSW, The Indonesian Association of Professional Social Work (IPSPI) and the Aceh Government Department of Social Affairs received a UNICEF funded grant to help build the ability of the provincial government in Aceh to deliver safety-focused, family-centered, community-based child welfare services to both tsunami and conflict affected communities in Aceh.
The grant funded a National Resource Center on this model of child welfare under the auspice of IPSPI. The Center deployed professional social workers for a period of 9 months to live in different districts, training and supervising new community workers. These social workers also worked with district government to help sensitize communities to issues of abuse and neglect and to begin to develop a child welfare system. The Resource Center also provided curriculum and training for community workers.
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