War Child

Social Work Higher Education Course in Afghanistan

This Social Work project aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of a range of social work issues from ethics and the rights of children to assessments and child protection. The true beneficiaries are the countless children who these trained Social Workers will go on to help.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071659)

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Situation

The situation of children in Afghanistan is alarming. Children remain vulnerable, risk-prone and marginalised. They account for around 57% of the population. A growing number of children are living on the streets and are in conflict with the law while they continue to suffer from the psychosocial impact of conflict. Social Work is a new phenomenon in the country and there is an urgent need for trained social workers to provide social care to these children and begin to improve their lives.

Solution

The Social Work higher education course is taught over two semesters. It aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of a range of social work issues from ethics and the rights of children to assessments and child protection. Students also undertake on-the-job training at Juvenile Rehabilitation Centres, Orphanages and Drop in Centres. This adds to the experience of students, but also helps raise much needed awareness about sensitive social problems in Afghan society.