Supporting families of young children before birth and during child’s first years of life is of great importance and can result in life long benefits for children, communities, societies and nations. Home-visiting programs in particular have been found to increase parental well-being and parenting efficacy, as well as child outcomes.

Home visitors can help deliver personalized care and assistance directly to families and communities in need. However, in many countries in Europe and Central Asia home visits that are provided through the health sector are often narrowly focused on physical health and medical content, do not reach the most vulnerable and are not tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of individual families.

ISSA and UNICEF ECARO collaborated to develop a Resource Package for Home Visitors, which draws on the most recent scientific evidence and the Nurturing Care Framework (The Lancet, 2016).

ISSA is happy to offer training based on the resource package. The training modules refer to key aspects of young child development and wellbeing that, in most countries, are not covered in the basic pre-and in-service training for home visiting personnel.

What will you learn?

The training is designed to advance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices of home visitors and to enrich their engagement with the families of young children.
By following this training you will:
• Learn to use the conceptual framework of the package
• Enrich knowledge on the expanded role of home visitors
• From theory to practice, gain interactive training skills
• Engage in training-simulations
• Reflect on the content of the modules and effective training skills
• Receive mentoring in person/online after the training or for adapting the modules
• Receive assistance during the roll-out of the resource package as needed, in-person or online
• Review and get feedback on adapted modules and/or implementation plans
• Learn to create implementation plans for Home Visitors

Who can participate?

The training is suitable for: university faculty, social development trainers, health care workers, home visitors, psychologists, social workers, Roma/health mediators, UNICEF and other active international agencies staff, and NGOs.



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On the 9th and 10th of November, another successful workshop took place in Belgrade, Serbia.