Promoting social work to protect children affected by migration in Uzbekistan
The dramatic increase in labor migration in Uzbekistan represents a new challenge for service providers working with vulnerable families. To address these issues, the Republican Center for Social Adaptation of Children (RCSAC) organized a series of trainings for service providers on practicing social work with children and families affected by migration.
These activities are part of a project, which is being rolled out in four regions of Uzbekistan – Bukhara, Fergana, Surkhandarya and Khorezm – to identify and protect children left behind by migrating parents. It is implemented by Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan and UNICEF. The initiative is funded by the European Union.
“The prolonged absence of parents’ in children’s daily life may negatively affect their social wellbeing and health,” said Kobiljon Khasanov, Secretary of the Interagency Commission on Minors of Fergana region. “The purpose of this training was to equip the childcare specialists with social work skills, so they can better protect these children affected by migration.”
During the trainings conducted in four target regions, 94 service providers including regional and district Guardianship and Trusteeship Authorities, Commission of Minors, Makhalla specialists were introduced to social work skills and ethical principles. They learned how to assess the needs of a family and develop an ecomap - a diagram showing the social and personal relationships of an individual with his or her environment.
According to Guzal Khayrova, specialist of Surkhandarya Regional Department of Vocational Education, she often encounters children left behind by migrant parents. “Some of them show aggressive behavior,” she said. “The skills I’ve learned during this training will help me guide these children through the difficulties they have been facing.”
During the four-day workshop, by using videos and group discussions of case studies, the participants explored the various approaches of working with vulnerable children and families. Upon completion, they are expected to apply the gained knowledge in their work with identified families affected by migration.