Child Welfare Worker By: Johnny King

Definition of a Child Welfare Worker- Social work aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaging children.

Daily Tasks:

1.)Ensure the welfare and well-being of children and their families.

2.) Protect children from situations of abuse, neglect, and other forms of maltreatment.

3.)Ensuring the social, physical, psychological and emotional well-being of their clients.

4.)Home visits(investigate allegations of abuse or neglect

5.) Providing assessment (Parent is fit for care), evaluating whether a child should be temporarily or permanently removed from his/her living situation and placing children with foster care or adoptive families.

Work Schedule: There work schedule varies depending on who it is. Some work at different times, due to their ability to have flexible hours. And some work at different places at different times, due to their work place and environment.

Salary:

$61,000 for whom work at schools Social agencies workers get $56,900. Those who work with adolescents get $46,000.

Work Environment:

Frequently work for government-run agencies that focus on child welfare, such as the Department of Child and Family Services, Child Protective Services, or the Department of Family and Protective Services. Many also work for non-profit community organizations, foster care and adoption agencies or child advocacy agencies.

Issues/Problems that may arise:

  • Parents disagrees
  • Parents/child fights to get away

Benefits:

  • Meet plenty of different people
  • Flexible hours
  • Growth opportunities
  • Variety of employers

How do they help children and/or families?

Child welfare workers do several things to help. One way is they provide therapy and support for many families and children. Another way is they help parents find the resources that are needed. And the last way is they protect children from abuse and/or neglect.

Education:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social work, or BSW.
  • Sometimes they may have undergraduate degree in related fields such as psychology or sociology.
  • Many earn master’s degree in social work, and a very limited number of candidates have doctoral degrees.

Work Skills:

  • Maintain high caseloads receiving very little supervision and must deal with the frequent staff turnover.
  • Moral and Motivation.
  • Be resilient.
  • Able to handle high levels of stress and emotionally volatile or difficult situations.
  • May need to make a judgement call regarding your own safety.

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