Are We Prepared? Child Welfare Work With Parents With Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

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Abstract

Despite a growing body of literature addressing the problematic interface between the child welfare system and parents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), efforts to better train child welfare workers to address this interface have been negligible (Booth & Booth, 1993; McConnell et al., 2011a, 2011b; McConnell & Llewellyn, 1998, 2002; Tymchuk, 1999, 2001; Tymchuk et al., 1999). This study examined child welfare worker competency in working with parents with IDD, more specifically: 1) to identify child welfare competencies workers need when managing cases involving parents with IDD, 2) personal and professional variables influencing worker competency, and 3) training needs of child welfare workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-657
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2013

Keywords

  • child protection
  • child welfare
  • disabilities
  • policy issues
  • training
  • workforce issues

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