Resources for child welfare workers

High quality information for those who serve in child welfare systems

Resources for child welfare workers

The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health has developed a variety of resources for child welfare professionals.

Guide to understanding the use of medications for children with mental illness in the child welfare system (PDF)

This guide is intended to provide child welfare workers with a quick reference for accessing additional information about medications they may hear or read about when reviewing a child or adolescents’ file. This resource is not intended to provide medical advice or medication guidance.

Connecting Children’s Mental Health Resources with Child Protection Professionals: An Exploratory Investigation and Findings (PDF)

Currently, a wide range of training formats are utilized in Minnesota to deliver content to the child protection workforce and yet it remains largely unknown which formats are most desired and perhaps most effective in reaching these busy professionals. Fact sheets, online modules, in person trainings and seminars, and other training products are all examples of these various training formats. In order to better serve state, county, and tribal child protection professionals, listening sessions (focus groups) were designed to solicit feedback from these professionals about what type of children’s mental health information they wanted to receive, to identify what resources they currently use, and to ascertain what additional resources they need and how they would like to receive them.

Traumatic Stress Screen for Children and Adolescents

The Ambit Network is committed to providing access to quality care for traumatized children, families, and communities. In response to the need for a brief trauma screening instrument Ambit developed a quick, simple, and reliable instrument to screen children for traumatic stress symptomology.

Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice (CW360°) (PDF)

This issue of Child Welfare 360° (CW360°) — an annual publication that provides communities, child welfare professionals, and other human service professionals, comprehensive information on the latest research, policies and practices in a key area affecting child well-being today addresses the question of how to incorporate trauma-informed organizational and practice strategies into child welfare practice — includes research on complex trauma, evidence-based and promising practices that use a trauma-informed perspective, and innovative examples of integrating a trauma-informed perspective into practice and policy.

Helping Maltreated Children Understand and Recognize Emotions  (PDF of practice brief)

Over the past two decades, research has shown that maltreatment can disrupt a child’s ability to recognize and understand the emotions of others. These difficulties can lead to problems as children attempt to navigate their interpersonal relationships. Child welfare workers can better help children that have experienced abuse and neglect read emotional cues and build successful relationships if they are aware of how maltreatment can impact emotion-processing.

Resilience in Maltreated Children (PDF of practice brief)

Child maltreatment exemplifies one of the most harmful and stressful challenges to confront children today. Although the experience of abuse or neglect has a severe impact on most children, not all maltreated children are negatively affected to the same degree. Examining how and why certain maltreated children show resilience despite adverse conditions may lead to key insights into the complex processes that result in vastly different developmental outcomes.

Screening for Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare (PDF of practice brief)

Nearly 35 million children (0-17 years) in the United States have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma (NSCH, 2012). The child welfare system becomes involved in the care of approximately one million children — and, unfortunately, a large number of these children have suffered from maltreatment and/or other trauma (NSCH, 2012). Screening for traumatic stress can help identify these children and ensure that they receive appropriate interventions and services.

Barriers To Traumatic Stress Screening In Child Welfare Settings (PDF of practice brief)

Many children entering the child welfare system have been exposed to traumatizing events or situations that can have profound adverse effects, including unstable behaviors, cognitive difficulties, problematic relationships, and mental health issues. Unfortunately, multiple factors hinder efforts to screen for traumatic stress in child welfare. It is paramount to identify these children so that they can receive appropriate interventions and services in a timely manner.