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New course alert: “Creating an Effective Child Welfare System”

August 13, 2018
By Online Learning Initiative

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Creating an Effective Child Welfare System, the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice’s newest self-paced online course, launches Monday, August 13. Hosted exclusively on edX, Creating an Effective Child Welfare System is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 4 continuing education contact hours.

Dr. Richard J. Gelles, the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence and the Managing Faculty Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, leads participants through each step in the child welfare policy and practice process. According to Dr. Gelles, this course provides a comprehensive overview of child protective services and prompts learners to develop strategies for improving both policy and practice.

Throughout this six-module course, learners will explore the basics of child protection at state and federal levels and engage in conversations focused on improving the child welfare system. Through video interviews, learners will meet policymakers, attorneys, social workers, and administrators involved in all aspects of the United States child welfare system.

TA Nehal Eldeeb, a MSW candidate, will lend her expertise to answer questions and facilitate discussions. “The US child welfare system is incredibly complex,” says Ms. Eldeeb. “It is challenging to form a clear solution on how to create an effective system without considering the many nuances and perspectives.” The child welfare system faces a numerous challenges both from a legal and practical standpoint. “Ultimately, pushing learners to critically evaluate the system and think of how it can be reformed to serve its ultimate goal: Promoting the safety and well-being of children.”

Completing the requirements for the verified certificate provides licensed social workers eligibility to receive 4 continuing education contact hours from NASW. To meet the completion requirements, learners must participate in polls, quizzes, discussions, and open response activities and receive a passing score in the course.