Vol. 8, No. 4 August 2007
Court-Related Training Resources
It would be hard to overstate the impact that interactions between the court and child welfare systems have on the safety, permanence, and well-being of children. Given this, it should come as no surprise that during their first year of employment every public child welfare professional in our state is required to attend a two-day course called Legal Aspects of Child Welfare in North Carolina.
This training is updated annually by the NC Division of Social Services and offered every month at locations across the state. For training dates or to register go to <www.ncswlearn.org>, a learning site for NC’s human services professionals.
A National Resource Center
Funded by the Children’s Bureau, this center is a part of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. It provides training, technical assistance, and consultation to agencies and courts on all legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system, including:
• Court improvement
The center organizes and helps with training, produces publications on law-related child welfare topics, develops training
materials, and helps others to
improve laws, regulations, court rules, and policies.
• Improving Outcomes for Older Youth: What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know
To access the center’s web site go to <www.abanet.org/child/rclji>
NC’s Judicial College
Created by the NC General Assembly during 2006 and housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, the college will offer judges, clerks, magistrates, and others who support judicial officials with intensive training on a wide range of topics.
The General Assembly’s 2006
appropriation has allowed for the
hiring of core personnel and start-up activities. James C. Drennan, the director of the college, anticipates that the first new programs will
When it is up and running, the judicial college will also offer online and digital learning tools that will be accessible at any time.
“We are very excited about getting the judicial college started,” Drennan says. “The willingness of the members of the General Assembly to commit this funding says a lot about how important the courts are to the state, and we are appreciative of the support they have offered.”
Current judicial training offerings available through the School of Government include the following:
For a full listing go to <www.iog.unc.edu/calendar/bysubject/judicial.html>.
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The Vision for NC's Child Welfare Learning System
The NC Division of Social Services’ Family Support and Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership is a group of individuals representing the different levels and systems involved in the state’s child welfare training efforts. In April 2004 a special working group from the Partnership was charged with setting a course for training and development within the child welfare system between 2005 and 2010. The following is an excerpt from the strategic plan they developed.
Strategic Planning for the Next Five Years
Strategic Directions for the Learning System. Based on extensive interviews, a review of the training system’s history, and a visioning process, the Partnership developed four strategic directions linked directly to the values and mission of the NC Division of Social Services:
For copy of the full report, A Strategic Plan for the Next Five Years (2005 – 2010), go to <www.trainingmatters-nc.org/tm_v8n4/plan05-10.pdf>.
© 2007 Jordan Institute for Families