Child Welfare Policy is not rocket science - it is harder! Join Dr. Richard Gelles, the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and Faculty Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, for this six-week course which looks at each step in the child welfare policy process.
The course will begin with the legal basis for child protection at the state and federal levels. Learners will meet decision-makers and practitioners: social workers, attorneys, judges, policymakers, and politicians - all of whom have an impact on the United States ever-changing system of child protection. Through video interviews, you’ll learn about the key roles in this complex system.
This course will challenge learners to consider: who is the client - the child or the parent? Learners will be presented many points of view, both in the course content and from peers. Learners will also have the opportunity to reflect on policies in their specific locations, distill the challenges and opportunities the child welfare system faces, and develop strategies to advocate for change within the child welfare system.
This course is more than a professional learning experience; it is a chance to join fellow learners from around the country and the world to understand just how complicated Child Welfare Policy is and consider solutions to make it better.
Learners who are licensed social workers and choose to complete all the requirements for the edX verified certificate will be able to receive CEU credits for licensure renewal. This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886783063-5807) for 4 continuing education contact hours. For more information please visit OpenSP2: Social Work Continuing Education Credit Programs.