Children's Mental Health in Child Welfare: A Child-Focused Curriculum for Child Welfare Workers and Social Work Students

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This paper describes a child-focused curriculum developed for child welfare workers and social work students. The results from a focus group evaluation are also provided that highlight how the content areas in the curriculum were perceived by participants in terms of interest, practicality, and importance. The major goal of the curriculum was to educate workers and students on assessment of risk and safety from an ecological perspective while also attending to the children's mental health needs. Discussion and recommendations regarding the implementation and evaluation of the certificate program are provided. Furthermore, the need for developing and sustaining a partnership with governmental agencies is emphasized.