Child welfare workers’ knowledge of risk factors for child maltreatment fatalities: a second multi-state assessment

Emily M. Douglas, Melinda K. Gushwa

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Abstract

This paper reports results from a second study which examines the knowledge and training of child welfare professionals with regard to risk factors for fatal child maltreatment. This multi-state, online study (n = 619) shows that workers have gaps in their knowledge of risk factors for maltreatment-related deaths. The majority of workers had received training, but it had little impact on worker knowledge. Workers reported receiving a variety of trainings on risks for fatalities, with different sources, length of training, and foci. Workers who received training that focused on research-based risk factors had higher levels of knowledge than other workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-319
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 May 2020

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment fatalities
  • child welfare professionals
  • child welfare training
  • child welfare workforce

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