Kansas Child Welfare Training Program
Core Module Descriptions
Module 1: Family-Centered Approach to Child Protective Services
Defines and describes the child protective services process within the context of a family-centered model; explores social work and child welfare values; introduces definitions and statutes that provide the legal basis for child welfare practice; introduces issues of cultural competence; and defines the role and responsibility of the child welfare agency and caseworker to provide family-centered, culturally competent child welfare practice in collaboration with community agencies.
Module 2: Engaging Families in Family-Centered Child Protective Services
Presents the key concepts of engagement and rapport-building between the child welfare Caseworker and the family being served. The participants explore the child protective services casework engagement approach, explore the dynamics of resistance, and are introduced to interviewing strategies to promote engagement in child protective services. The lab portion of the module identities specific strategies and skills needed to engage a family in child protective services while maintaining the worker’s protective authority to assure child safety and demonstrate engagement strategies useful in common casework activities.
Module 3: Legal Aspects of Family-Centered Child Protective Services
This module provides a refresher of basic government and DCFs role in government, federal and state laws impacting child welfare, and the structure of the Kansas court system. It also addresses the civil rights of clients/customers, definitions of abuse, neglect, as well as statutes regarding mandated reporting. The workshop also provides exercises designed to enhance documentation and writing skills. Also addressed are court proceedings, effective testifying, and the worker’s role and responsibilities in the courtroom.
Module 4: Assessment and Safety Planning in Family-Centered Child Protective Services
This module establishes the child protective services process of assessment as the fundamental and critical prerequisite for all case decision-making. Seven steps of critical thinking are applied to assessing safety, risk, as well as strengths and needs. The workshop provides a fundamental understanding of safety planning driven by the assessment of safety. The lab portion of the training provides opportunity to practice interviewing strategies and techniques with families to gather information to assess safety and create safety plans, as well as assess risk and strengths and needs.
Module 5: Gathering Facts in Family-Centered Child Protective Services
This workshop explores fact finding principles common to all child welfare cases, as well as unique fact finding principles for cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Participants learn the factors to consider in planning and conducting comprehensive fact finding including the application of CAPTA to respect parents’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Module 6: Case Planning in Family-Centered Child Protective Services
This workshop stresses the importance of joint case planning by the worker and the family to assure timely, high-quality, culturally relevant services to families. Participants learn how to engage and involve families in the service planning and delivery process, rather than relying solely on their prescribed authority. This workshop builds on the concepts previously learned on how to engage a parent in the casework relationship to completing the case plan, including steps in the planning process; developing appropriate goals, objectives, and activities’ engaging fathers in the process; understanding the purpose of case management and direct service provision; reassessment and the case reviews.
Module 7: Child Development Implications for Family-Centered Protective Services
This workshop examines the developmental consequences of child abuse and neglect from birth through adolescence; establishes a framework for the early recognition of developmental problems; and stresses the importance of including developmental and remedial series in child welfare case plans.
Module 8: Separation, Placement and Reunification in Family-Centered Child Protective Services
This module addresses the knowledge and skill required for child welfare professionals to provide services related to child placement. The workshop focuses on the traumatic effects of separation on children and their families; placement prevention; the proper way to place children to prevent trauma, involving children in the placement process, choosing the “right” placement, working with foster caregivers as part of the service team, strategies to promote timely reunification, and the importance of permanence.
Written by IHS for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program Final 2008.
Adapted, with permission, for State of Kansas Department for Children and Families-January 2017