Introductory Guide to Child Welfare Social Work
By Kaitlin Louie
Child welfare social workers protect vulnerable youth and help disadvantaged families in meeting the needs of their children. Some of their core responsibilities include responding to cases of child abuse and neglect; removing children from home settings that are dangerous or which do not meet certain standards; working with children and their families on a reunification plan in collaboration with child dependency courts; supporting parents in meeting the needs of their children (through resource connections and navigation services, therapy and advising, and other services); and arranging for the short and long-term care of children whose families are unable to take care of them.
Due to the complexity and emotionally charged nature of their work (separating families by necessity, sometimes permanently, and balancing the at times conflicting interests of the child, his/her parents, and the child dependency court), child welfare social workers may find their daily responsibilities to be challenging and at times draining. However, despite the demands and difficulties of their work, child welfare social workers often find their ability to provide compassionate support to parents while protecting children in need to be rewarding due to its profound impact, both on an individual and a larger societal level.
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Compiler: Fateme Mohammady
Published on the specialized media of Iranians social work