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Examining the Need for Social Work Education and Training for Child Welfare Staff

April 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

Examining the Need for Social Work Education and Training for Child Welfare Staff
Samantha Byrd
This presentation overviews an examination of the need for social work education and training for child welfare staff. Although social workers’ extensive education and ongoing training make them preferable for child welfare positions, many states have had to broaden their hiring searches for these positions. In West Virginia, child welfare staff only need to have a four-year degree. These child welfare staff members are missing crucial foundational knowledge and training for working with the vulnerable families served by the child welfare system.

There is a gap in the literature surrounding the need for social work special education and training in child welfare and whether it affects the families served. However, there is information regarding the need for some specific training that would be helpful in child welfare jobs. Given the sometimes oppressive nature of child removal systems, the need has been identified for providing child welfare staff with social justice training, specifically in anti-oppressive practice. Through collaboration between child placing agencies and social work schools through Title IV-E funding in WV, training can be implemented to increase the competence of child welfare workers that do not have previous social work education.
April 26, 2023 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT



April 26, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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