Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Caseworkers and Agencies (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores how caseworkers and agencies can best support victims of child trafficking.  The first reading discusses the scope of human trafficking, myths, risk factors, victim needs, and service coordination.  The second reading describes recent federal legislation and initiatives in addition to state and agency policy.  The course emphasizes the need for a multifaceted, collaborative approach to the identification, prevention, and treatment of human trafficking in children.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice

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1. Human Trafficking and Child Welfare:  A Guide for Caseworkers

2. Human Trafficking and Child Welfare:  A Guide for Agencies

Publisher:  Child Welfare Information Gateway; Children’s Bureau

Course Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to human trafficking and child welfare.

Learning Objectives:   Identify common misperceptions about trafficking.  Identify risk factors for human trafficking.  Describe victim needs.  Describe federal legislation and initiatives.

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1: For questions 1-10, please refer to the 1st reading at Trafficking always involves transporting a victim across State, country, or other borders.
2: All human trafficking victims in the US are from other countries.
3: Individuals must be physically restrained or locked up to be a victim.
4: The true prevalence of sex and labor trafficking is unknown, and most service providers believe that statistics ____________ the scope of the problem.
5: Which of the following is a risk factor that increases a child's risk for human trafficking?
6: Some children may develop an emotional connection with their traffickers, which is often referred to as
7: Studies have identified a number of mental health symptoms associated with trafficking, including:
8: Strategies for building rapport with child victims of human trafficking include all of the following except:
9: Which of the following is not an indicator of possible sex and/or labor trafficking?
10: When connecting victims with services, all of the following information may help caseworkers except:
11: For questions 11-19, please refer to the 2nd reading at Which of the following was the first comprehensive piece of Federal law to address human trafficking?
12: Which legislation was enacted in 2014 requiring title IV-E agencies to develop policies and procedure to identify, document, and determine appropriate services for children under the placement, care, or supervision of a child welfare agency and who are at risk of becoming sex trafficking victims or who are victims of sex trafficking?
13: Which 2015 legislation further established Federal requirements and protections related to human trafficking including expanding the definition of 'child abuse' under the Victims of Child Abuse Act to include human trafficking and the production of child pornography?
14: Which HHS agency through its Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is the lead HHS agency addressing human trafficking?
15: Which Cabinet department is involved in combating human trafficking?
16: The prevention of human trafficking is coordinated at what level?
17: Laws that decriminalize the acts of children who are exploited for commercial sex are referred to as:
18: Vacatur laws allow victims to petition the court to
19: It is __________ the scope of a child welfare agency to serve all the needs victims of human trafficking may have.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.