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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

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Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training, and support.

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Parts 1, 2, and 3 offers best practices information on responding to sex trafficking of children and youth in child welfare, and building knowledge on the special needs of trafficking victims and youth at risk of becoming victims.

Webinar

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.
Provides a broad overview of the Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking learning curriculum and explores how the curriculum could be integrated into agency training programs.

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Here you will find interviews with Toni Lawal, Tennessee’s Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Coordinator, and Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Institute of California; an update on the Pennsylvania CRP; and Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) and Children’s Bureau (CB) updates.

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Find information about the national citizen review panel community, including federal and state updates, webinars, and more.

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Find the eligibility requirements of the Children’s Justice Act grant and the roles and responsibilities of grantees.

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See how coordination can improve identification, reporting, and services for youth who are victims or at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

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Get the latest research on decision science and safety decision-making practices in child welfare to help improved safety outcomes.

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This tool is a role-playing activity, designed to help child welfare workers and supervisors become more familiar with the process of recognizing and translating buzzwords into descriptive language.

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Learn how domestic violence and child maltreatment affect families and read about the risks, impacts, protective efforts, and other related topics.

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Learn how domestic violence documentation can help hold perpetrators accountable and promote survivor safety and well-being.

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Discover a comprehensive range of information about domestic violence decision-making.