Child Social Protection: Accessible by All or None? A Qualitative Analysis of Child Protection Workers Views in Albania

Irida Agolli Nasufi, Anxhela Bruci


Limited research has focused on the challenges of child protection workers involved in the social protection system
in Albania. Despite the changes that social protection has undergone over the last years, obstacles arise in the
implementation process. Regardless of the strategies and programs targeting child protection in Albania children
have not been protected from exploitation and other life-threatening risks. Mainly non-governmental organizations
and stakeholders who support the child social protection system in Albania have been involved in continuous efforts
to identify what is missing, and what needs to improve regarding the child social protection system. This paper
presents the experiences of child protection workers on how the current social protection system responds to the
needs of children and their families. The data was collected from 10 child protection workers in Albania using
in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews. This research found that there is a gap in the distribution of services
between urban and rural areas preventing beneficiaries who live in rural areas to access social services. Some of the
major challenges that emerged by the majority of interviewees were lack of training, weak institutional cooperation
accompanied by the need for emergency centers to assist children at risk of exploitation and abuse.

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