Florida's Center for

CHILD WELFARE

Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals



Changes to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare

Our contract with Florida’s Department of Children and Families is ending October 31, 2022. As we transition through this process you will find that resources are moving to the My Florida Families Knowledge and Information Distribution Site (KIDS) located at https://myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/kids/. As information becomes available, we will provide updates regarding certificates for training hours for Foster Parents and Child Welfare Professionals.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at centersupport@usf.edu

This Week

Assessment is defined as the collection of information to inform decision-making about a child, youth or family. In child welfare, risk and safety assessments are separate but related processes that are foundational to identifying the issues facing a family, designing a plan, and providing services to support the family in addressing the issues. This, the third webinar in our series on risk and safety assessment, focuses on when poverty is assessed as “risk.” How individual and structural racism impact risk and safety assessment and how workers, supervisors and agencies can identify and overcome these biases.

Register for the webinar

To attract and retain a qualified, diverse, and passionate workforce, employers must consider their staff’s overall wellness. In an increasingly competitive job market, higher value is placed on a workforce culture that promotes a positive, supportive, and flexible work environment. This includes addressing psychological and physical safety, work-life balance, emotional well-being, and opportunities for professional growth. These factors are critical for the work of child welfare professionals. Register for the webinar

Upcoming

This webinar is hosted by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

This day-long seminar is designed to educate a broad range of disciplines responsible for conducting investigations and safeguarding youth. It is open to members of law enforcement, child protection teams, school officials, social workers, counselors, educators, community leaders, and staff members for programs that serve youth.

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

*Understand the different types of technology used by children and teens, including devices and apps

*Recognize the differences between the digital age and the world that adults experienced while growing up

*Focus on a proactive approach to digital safety that includes communication, setting guidelines, and digital citizenship training

*Understand the most common online issues that children and teens are likely to face such as cyberbullying, “sexting,” and online predators

*Address the legal aspects of all of these topics and learn how to address each of these issues with best practices

*Understand our role in helping victims navigate trauma after the incident has occurred, and learn what resources are available for you to aid in this procesS

Register for the webinar