Child Welfare Workers and Knowledge Associated with Indicators and Behaviors of Illicit Drug Use

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Samantha Ingham Gary Dick


By Samantha Ingham, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: AM_A52

Abstract: Child Welfare workers are responsible for protecting children from situations of abuse, neglect, and other forms of maltreatment. Child welfare workers focus on ensuring the social, physical, psychological and emotional well-being of their clients (Hamilton Country Job and Family Services, 2018). In the past five years, Child welfare social workers have been in crisis due to the current opioid epidemic that has altered the lives of so many (Heroin Epidemic Straining Child Protection Resources, 2016). Abuse of alcohol and other drugs is the root of many child welfare problems, yet child welfare workers are not mandated by the state to receive proper training on drugs and substance use. The requirements to become a child welfare worker also do not require any previous knowledge or training on drug use and or drug behaviors. The aim of this study is to determine if child welfare workers have adequate knowledge of the indicators and behaviors associated with illicit drug use through agency training.

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AM Poster Session -- Great Hall -- A: Social Justice & Social Well-Being