3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide a framework of knowledge, values, and skills necessary to work with maltreated children and their families. It also serves to introduce students to the field of Child Welfare (CW). The course includes a historical view of children, the federal and state laws relevant to CW, a review of normal child development, pertinent theories, as well as different types of maltreatment, signs and symptoms and consequences to development. Students will learn about family problems which commonly concur with or cause child maltreatment in addition to the multidisciplinary team approach, and safety and risk assessment in CW. Students will be encouraged to systematically analyze diversity issues related to child welfare practice as well as ethical dilemmas and roles. Particular attention will be paid to enhancing critical thinking skills.