Center for Advanced Studies on Child Welfare (CASCW), School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Child welfare policy and practice is ever changing across the nation, with countless reform efforts underway that aim to strengthen and improve the system. We often see large systems change that is sparked by crisis and driven out of a reactive response. Such large-scale change tends to lead to increased pressure on the workforce, and often increases workloads and leaves room for more crises. In order to make significant change that is sustainable, leaders must consider the voices of frontline staff, families, and communities. Reform efforts should consider established science by using data to understand what is working and what is not. It is imperative that supervisors and workers are supported through the ongoing challenges that accompany reform, focusing on high quality training that is provided in a timely manner.
This issue of CW360° focuses on the many complex pieces of the child welfare reform puzzle.
Child Welfare 360° (CW360°) is 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. The publication uses a multidisciplinary approach for its robust examination of an important issue in child welfare practice and invites articles from key stakeholders, including families, caregivers, service providers, a broad array of child welfare professionals (including educators, legal professionals, medical professionals and others), and researchers. Social issues are not one dimensional and cannot be addressed from a single vantage point. We hope that reading CW360° enhances the delivery of child welfare services across the country while working towards safety, permanency and well-being for all children and families being served.
Child Welfare Reform (CW360º).
Center for Advanced Studies on Child Welfare (CASCW), School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
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