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SW 634 Child Welfare - Protecting Children, Strengthening Families

SW 634.  Child Welfare - Protecting Children, Strengthening Families.  1.5 Credits.     

This course will introduce undergraduate students to the child welfare service system that aims to promote safety, permanency and well-being of children and their families. Students will learn about the history of the U.S. child welfare system, seminal policies that have shaped this system during the 20th and 21st centuries, and historical and current day tensions that influence child welfare services. The course examines the full continuum of services within the child welfare system, including prevention, in-home family supports and family preservation, foster care, kinship care, independent living, adoption, and post-adoption. Students will also learn about personal, familial, and environmental factors that place families at risk for involvement with the child welfare system, including critical analysis of racial inequities that characterize child welfare services and outcomes. The course emphasizes the need for multi-level and multi-system perspectives as necessary for working collaboratively and confidently with the many different individuals, organizations, and systems that intersect with child welfare. Prerequisite: Successful completion of SW 500 level coursework.

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs:  adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising