This is a guide for trainers and care workers in the effective use of the Child Status Index, a tool for assessing, monitoring and responding to the well-being of children orphaned or otherwise made vulnerable as a result of HIV/AIDS.
The Child Status Index (CSI) provides a framework for identifying the needs of children, creating individualized goal-directed service plans for use in monitoring the well-being of children and households, and program-level monitoring and planning at the local level. It is intended for use by community-based care workers who work on behalf of children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.* As of 2014, the CSI has been used in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It has been translated for use in a variety of geographical, linguistic, and cultural contexts.
MEASURE Evaluation has conducted two studies of CSI use leading to improvements in CSI guidance, processes, and support materials. Among many things we learned was the need for
more thorough and systematic training of care workers. This insight led to the development of this Child Status Index Training Manual.
This manual outlines a systematic and consistent approach that will lead to maximum effectiveness and consistency in using the tool and acting on its findings. This manual provides guidance for community care workers and other wardens of OVC who intend to use the Child Status Index tool.
In this Child Status Index Training Manual, you will find:
• An overview of the Child Status Index, its purpose, development and application
• An overview of the recommended approach for training care workers in the use of this tool
• Instructions for workshop facilitators on how to offer the most effective and engaging training workshops
• Supplemental materials, such as class handouts, frequently asked questions, and a workshop evaluation form