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Child Welfare in the School of Social Work
The School of Social Work has a major commitment to the field of child welfare. Faculty, staff and students are actively engaged in state-of-the-art child welfare training and research. The School seeks to develop child welfare scholars and professionals who offer leadership in practice and research to advanced the field. Through the programs below, we educate social work students preparing for practice in child welfare; we offer training and education to enhance the skill-base of those who are already working in the field; and we promote the development of avenues of new research and policy through a newly formed research center in this area.
Public Child Welfare Training Program
The Public Child Welfare Training Program is designed to educate and train graduate and undergraduate-level social work students to prepare them for employment as practitioners in public child welfare. The goals of the program are to strengthen Wisconsin's public child welfare workforce and to produce social work leaders as public child welfare practitioners and/or as public child welfare supervisors or managers. The Training Program operates with federal funds made available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which provides specified financial support for students committed to a career in public child welfare.
The Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Program is for full-time and part-time MSW students and full-time BSW students. All programs are offered at UW-Madison, with the part-time MSW program offered at both UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire. Individual student preparation and academic background determine the time in all programs. Applicants to the traineeship must hold U.S. citizenship or have permanent residence status at the time of application. All programs have slightly different characteristics.
Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System
The Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System is a partnership involving the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), county child welfare programs, tribal child welfare programs, the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS), Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), and the University of Wisconsin system. The child welfare training system provides training for over 2,000 child welfare workers throughout the State of Wisconsin. This includes pre-service and foundation training for new workers and ongoing training for advanced practice skills and specialized topics.
Central administrative support to the child welfare training system is provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work under contract to DCF.
Center on Child Welfare Policy and Practice
The Center on Child Welfare Policy and Practice (CCWPP) is a joint effort between the School of Social Work and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CCWPP engages in inter-disciplinary efforts to inform child welfare policy and practice knowledge through enhanced collaboration and communication among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Center research activities focus on the development and enhancement of child maltreatment prevention and intervention activities, and the generation of knowledge to promote family well-being in populations involved or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system. The CCWPP works cooperatively with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to identify research needs and priorities and translates research findings to state and county governments, the child welfare training system and other entities that provide professional education, and child and family service and advocacy agencies.