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Fri, 04 Nov, 2016 01:47:12 AM
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Child welfare professionals continue to underutilise social media, even when it could help those in need of outreach and early intervention, said the Central Union for Child Welfare.
 
“There are still opportunities for improving the use of social media for clients and advocacy work and, above all, to inform and provide advice on the web,” said the association’s Operations Director Hanna Heinonen.
 
Heinonen pointed out that the work of authorities includes child protection advice. There could be a very wide range of channels available, when it is not necessary to keep information confidential, or other restrictions.
 
According to Heinonen, professionals have many reasons for not utilising social media. They are busy with work, for example, or they have not received instructions or authorisation for using social media at the workplace.
 
The Child Welfare Central Association released Thursday a social media guide for child welfare.
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