Vol. 10, No. 1 November 2008
Special Issue: An Overview of North Carolina's Child Welfare Training System
North Carolina’s county departments of social services have an important job. Under state and federal law, they are responsible for ensuring the safety, well-being, and permanence of children in every community. To fulfill this responsibility agencies need child welfare professionals who know how to do their jobs well.
Fortunately, our state has developed a child welfare training system to help county agencies meet this need. Administered by the NC Division of Social Services, this system provides agencies with access to training that is competency-based, job-relevant, accessible, consistent, and timely. When agencies and individuals know how to use it, this system is an excellent way to enhance the professional development of child welfare staff at all levels.
This special issue of Training Matters explains how the system is organized, lists required courses, and answers common questions. The goal is to make sure county agencies know what this system can do and how to use it to their advantage.
If you have questions or specific child welfare training issues you’d like to discuss, please contact Teresa Turner, Leader of the Division’s Child Welfare Services Staff Development Team (919/334-1175, Teresa.Turner@ncmail.net).
© 2008 Jordan Institute for Families