New staff should be fully oriented to their jobs and provided with the knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively. This requires competency-based preservice and inservice training that is tied to supervision; tailored to worker needs; and includes opportunities for experiential learning, shadowing, and coaching. When workers have the opportunity to build skills and improve their effectiveness, they are more likely to experience job satisfaction and stay committed to their work. This section provides examples of training curricula and materials for new caseworkers in nine different areas of child welfare practice.
- Family-centered practice
- Child abuse prevention
- Child protective services
- Family support and preservation
- Kinship care
- Out-of-home care
- Permanency planning
Activity Guide: A Tool for Beginning Child Welfare Caseworkers
Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership
Provides guided learning opportunities for caseworkers during their first year of service.
Common Core Curricula in California
California Social Work Education Center
Provides links to web-based common core curricula for California child welfare workers.
The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center Curriculum Materials
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program
Provides links to online research-based Pennsylvania-focused workshops that promote the implementation of the Pennsylvania Standards for Child Welfare Practice and Child and Family Service Review outcomes.
Pre-Service Online Training
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Provides training for Wisconsin child welfare workers on basic child welfare concepts through nine modules.
Real Cases: Integrating Child Welfare Practice Across the Social Work Curriculum
New York City Social Work Education Consortium & New York City Administration for Children's Services (2010)
Presents 13 teaching guides that differentially integrate cases from New York City into plans for teaching specific courses, including common foundation areas, practice method/level courses, and key electives.
The Universe of Child Welfare Competencies
Ohio Child Welfare Training Program
Lists the knowledge and skills required for child welfare staff, including information for caseworkers, supervisors, parent aides, and foster, adoptive, or kinship caregivers.
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