Child Welfare Policy & News

Supporting Families To Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Social Work Talks Podcast

Apr 15, 2022

Suzin BartleyOur guest is Suzin Bartley, Executive Director at The Children's Trust, an organization working to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Their programs partner with parents to help them build the skills and confidence they need to make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.

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NASW Condemns Efforts to Redefine Child Abuse to Include Gender-Affirming Care

NASW news release

Feb 25, 2022

NASW condemns Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s direction to the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to implement Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion to treat age-appropriate, medically necessary, gender-affirming treatment as child abuse.

Although these cruel, politically motivated actions are non-binding, they perpetuate transphobia, and further harm the mental health and well-being of transgender and gender expansive youth by attempting to eliminate life-saving access to essential health services.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Advocating for Young Clients With Developmental Disabilities

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Feb 15, 2022

Before exploring how social workers can help neurodiverse children and their families, it’s important to understand their unique struggles. Neither the problems nor the solutions come in one size for all, as these clients face their own specific circumstances and each state provides different resources and systems for obtaining support.

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Youth in Adult Courts, Jails, and Prisons

The Sentencing Project

Dec 16, 2021

This brief reviews the history, harms, pathways and trends that treat children as if they were adults.

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Economic Inequality: CDAs, Financial Social Work Part of the Solution

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Dec 15, 2021

Child Development Accounts (CDAs) and financial social work are part of the solution to economic inequality.

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The Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence Intensifies During COVID-19

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Oct 17, 2021

According to the National Commission on COVID-19 Criminal Justice (NCCCJ), domestic violence increased in the U.S. by 8.1 percent during the pandemic. Analysis from NCCCJ found that the rise is likely due to economic stress and lockdowns. The tension created by prolonged seclusion in lockdown, along with economic issues like unemployment, financial insecurity, and stress from child care and homeschooling, have exacerbated domestic violence risk factors.

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