What educational and employment programs and practices best prepare staff for work in child welfare agencies? What can agencies and universities do to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of future workers? These questions are addressed and examples of efforts to enhance worker/staff preparation are included in the following resources.
Job Preview Video: Working for Child Protective Services [video]
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Prepares newly hired CPS caseworkers for each of the five types of caseworkers by depicting the strengths and challenges of each.
Realistic Job Previews
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Showcases the requirements of various positions within the Children's Administration, with special attention on the work environments, common tasks, benefits, and challenges of each position.
NCWWI Child Welfare Traineeships: Promising Approaches & Strategies (PDF - 438 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2012)
Analyzes how 12 traineeship programs implemented a range of innovative approaches to enhance social work education in the university setting and social work practice in the field.
Simulation in Child Welfare Training: Moving Beyond Role Play (PDF - 535 KB)
Capacity Building Center for States & Capacity Building Collaborative (2017)
Discusses the latest developments in research on simulation training for child welfare workers, defines “simulation training,” and explores the reasons why simulation training is a useful innovation in child welfare.
Transforming MSW Field Learning: Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation Science [Webinar]
Child & Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium (2015)
Discusses how MSW programs can adjust field curricula to incorporate evidence-based practice.