From the Evidence of Violence Against Children to a Prevention-Oriented Response in Malawi: Planning for Social Services with a Public Health Model for Social Work Engagement

Brendan Ross, Karen Smith Rotabi, Nankali Maksud

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Globally, violence has long been considered a serious and persistent social problem that is often presented as a public health concern. In the past decade, violence has received greater attention in terms of social interventions, especially using a public health model of social programming. A recent survey on violence against children is presented, using Malawi as a case example. This evidence is applied to a primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention framework for programming, with an orientation to social worker as leader in social policy, social intervention planning, and service delivery. Four opportunities for engagement are presented: (1) community building, (2) early identification of violence, (3) social casework with a strong aftercare approach, and (4) program development. Training of the social service workforce is finally considered, with recommendations for core professional skill areas for learning and capacity building.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalGlobal Social Welfare
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Prevention
  • Violence against children
  • Social services
  • Evidence
  • Social planning
  • Social work


  • Economics
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Public Health
  • Political Science
  • Social Welfare
  • Psychology

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