Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment and discusses the shared goals of child welfare and domestic violence programs.  It describes an emerging practice that features a more coordinated, collaborative, and broad-based approach.

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

Publisher:  Child Welfare Information Gateway

US Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Children’s Bureau

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Program Objectives:   To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to children and families affected by domestic violence.

Learning Objectives:   Describe the impact of domestic violence on children.  Identify goals shared by both child welfare and domestic violence programs.  Describe the emerging differential response approach.  Identify at least one promising practice featured in this course.

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1: Research suggests that there is a ___________ overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence (Hamby, Finkelhor, Turner, and Ormrod, 2011; Taggart, 2011).
2: NATSCEV findings show that more than _________ of children and youth were exposed to some form of family violence within the past year .
3: Children who have been exposed to domestic violence are more likely than their peers to experience
4: Younger children who experience domestic violence appear to exhibit ________ levels of emotional and psychological distress than older children.
5: Children often have heightened levels of anxiety and fear
6: In general, girls who experience domestic violence are more likely to exhibit
7: Which of the following is a protective factor that may help protect a child from the adverse effects of exposure to domestic violence?
8: Child welfare and domestic violence programs have traditionally responded __________ to victims.
9: Domestic violence is not always reported to authorities or identified by caseworkers.  Of the data gathered through NATSCEV, authorities knew about approximately ____________ of the incidents of children witnessing domestic violence (Finkelhor, Ormrod, Turner, and Hamby, 2012).
10: Services and programs specifically designed to address and respond to the impact of traumatic stress best describe a
11: Which of the following best describes the differential response approach?
12: Building partnerships among domestic violence service providers, child protective service providers and an array of informal and formal systems within the community best describes the _________.
13: The 2010 reauthorization of the _____________ authorized grants to develop or expand effective collaborations between child protective service and domestic violence service entities.
14: Which promising practice colocates domestic violence advocates in child welfare offices for case consultation and supportive services?
15: Which promising practice removed the term 'failure to protect' from all agency policies?
16: Which promising practice offered the first comprehensive 'one-stop to shop' in the nation for victims of family violence and their children?

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

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.