Social Work | Selected Topics in Social Work: Introduction to Child Welfare
S300 | 12477 | Barrett


This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to child abuse and
neglect from psychological, social, cultural, legal, and economic perspectives.  Social
workers in all professional work settings must know how to identify child maltreatment
and family violence. Students must also be able to practice without discrimination and
with respect, knowledge, and skills related to the clients’ age, class, color, culture,
disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion,
sex, and sexual orientation.  Students will learn the family dynamics and indicators of
maltreatment and effective interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro level, with an
emphasis on strengths based, family-centered intervention strategies.  Additionally,
students will learn the extent of reported maltreatment of children; effects on children,
treatment issues, the social worker’s role in a multidisciplinary team approach, how to
advocate for individuals and families, and will be introduced to the concept of personal
accountability for outcomes.  This course will also introduce to students the values and
ethics of the social work profession in the child welfare arena, specifically the right of
children to appropriate care, to be free of abuse and neglect, and to grow up in a safe
environment.