Social Work | Selected Topics in Social Work: Intro to Child Welfare
S300 | 11955 | 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

This course is available as an elective but is also the first of two
specific course requirements for the child services certification
available through public universities in Indiana and the Indiana
Department of Child Services. These two courses include components of
the Core Training curriculum for all new employees of the Department
of Child Services.