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Workshop, Governance of Social Care Services
Tirana
12 May 2015
Paul Stubbs
(pstubbs@eizg.hr)
 Rights-based social protection system in line
with global commitments and European
standards
 Smart social investments ...
 Fragmentation and parallelism: central – local;
state – non-state; strategy-disease
 Passive cash transfers, limited so...
 UNICEF multi-country evaluation of child care reform
2005 -12, 11 countries
 Systems approach and targeted investments ...
 Alignment of strategies: top-down meets bottom-up
 Development of skilled statutory case
work/assessment and referral s...
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Policy Forum: Impact of Decentralisation on Social Services

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Policy Forum: Impact of Decentralisation on Social Services

  1. 1. Workshop, Governance of Social Care Services Tirana 12 May 2015 Paul Stubbs (pstubbs@eizg.hr)
  2. 2.  Rights-based social protection system in line with global commitments and European standards  Smart social investments across the life-cycle (starting with children and youth)  Spending effectively, efficiently and equitably (sustainable and adequate budgets)  Activating, enabling, empowering, anti- discriminatory  Evidence-based and responsive to changing needs/vulnerabilities  Promoting cultures of innovation, participation, transparency and evaluation
  3. 3.  Fragmentation and parallelism: central – local; state – non-state; strategy-disease  Passive cash transfers, limited social services, and no ‘cash and care’ combinations  Sub-optimal services: type, location, sustainability, flexibility, not ‘client-centred’ or ‘user-friendly’  Limited planning at individual, household, community, regional or national levels  Lack of human resources and skills: social work, social planning, case management
  4. 4.  UNICEF multi-country evaluation of child care reform 2005 -12, 11 countries  Systems approach and targeted investments make a difference but lack of co-ordinated multi-sectoral approaches  Preventive services crucial but underdeveloped  More awareness of equity gaps but resistant to change (importance of social and professional norms)  Low status and capacity of statutory social work impacts on quality of services and well-being  Reforms can be inconsistent and trend-based (foster care, small group homes, ...)  Gap between legal changes and changes in practice  Active involvement and meaningful participation of vulnerable clients still absent  Evidence-base limited, impact assesment, monitoring and evaluation underdeveloped
  5. 5.  Alignment of strategies: top-down meets bottom-up  Development of skilled statutory case work/assessment and referral service  Linkage to early childhood interventions, inclusive education, health, justice systems  Regional social planning and community development  Support for introduction, evaluation and scaling up of innovative services (social fund?)  Building structures and cultures for user involvement  Strengthen resilience and coping strategies; address vulnerabilities not only ‘vulnerable groups’

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