Strong Communities for Children
project is a comprehensive community-based initiative aims at improving the well-being of children in disadvantaged environments and reducing child abuse and neglect. It is designed to create a sense of community and strengthen social connections among families and the. In 2016, the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa have initiated the Strong Community in Halissa neighborhood, in collaboration with the municipal social service in Haifa and with the support of community primary institutions (e.g. schools, faith institutions, and family health clinics). Social work B.A. students in from the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa are engaged in the project as a part of their field placement training and receive supervision and instruction from the community social workers. A research team from the School of Social Work is conducting extensive mixed-methods research providing ongoing evaluation to inform the field practitioners on the project outcomes. The evaluation also helps to pinpoint the needs of the community and the areas in which the project can be improved.