Vol. 10, No. 1 November 2008
Courses Required for Child Welfare Staff
North Carolina has training requirements in place for all child welfare workers and supervisors. The best way to find out about training requirements for your position is to go to ncswLearn.org, log in, and go to the Individualized Training Assessment, or ITA. The following summary, which is based on North Carolina law [G.S. 131D-10.6A(b)], may also be helpful.
Child Welfare Workers
1. Child Welfare in North Carolina. This 72-hour course must be completed before workers assume direct contact responsibility with clients. Participants attend 11 days in the classroom and complete the equivalent of one classroom day online. You must complete this course before you can attend other courses.
2. Child Development in Families at Risk. Offered completely online. 12 credit hours.
3. Cultural Perspectives. Three classroom days. 18 credit hours.
4. Legal Aspects of Child Welfare in North Carolina. Two classroom days. 12 credit hours.
5. Medical Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect for Non-Medical Professionals. Two classroom days. 12 credit hours.
6. Step by Step: An Introduction to Child and Family Teams. Two classroom days. 12 credit hours.
In addition, in the first year of employment child welfare workers must attend the courses from Tier 2 of the 200 series that address their job function areas. For example, intake workers must attend Intake in Child Welfare Services. Staff responsible for more than one function (e.g., licensing and placement) must take multiple courses from Tier 2. Staff who must attend more than one job-specific training event should work with their supervisor to prioritize training attendance.
After the first year of employment, child welfare workers must complete 24 hours of continuing education each year. Select courses from the 300 series to fulfill this requirement. For selection tips, see the next article.
After the first year of employment, child welfare supervisors must complete 24 hours of continuing education each year. Courses from the 300 series specifically for supervisors include:
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