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A Sacred Duty

Posted by GVT Admin on May 18, 2022 10:45:00 AM

As stated in Article 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

"Every child in conflict with the law has the right to be treated in a manner that takes into account “the desirability of promoting [his/her] reintegration and [his/her] assuming a constructive role in society.”

 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do, social issues

How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Long-Term Health

Posted by GVT Admin on May 9, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Every child deserves a happy childhood, but unfortunately, many do not receive one.

A child's childhood can be filled with a variety of 'bad' experiences. While child abuse at the hands of guardians remains one of the major contributors, children can struggle with other adverse experiences as well. Whatever the negative childhood experience was, it can have a long-term negative impact on the child's health as an adult. This is due to the fact that early childhood and adolescence are highly formative years in a person's cognitive and personal development.

Here's how bad childhood experiences can affect your health for the rest of your life.

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Topics: Child Welfare, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare

Tips for Child Welfare Organizations to Improve Handling of Caseloads

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 28, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In the United States, there are around 328,120 child welfare employees. However, given the rising number of cases of child abuse and neglect, as well as the demanding nature of the job, it's reasonable to state that there is a severe shortage of child and family social workers in the United States.

Bridging the gap between available employees and children in need of help can take years and need significant adjustments to the current system. But, in the meanwhile, here's how child welfare agencies might better manage greater caseloads.

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Topics: Child Welfare, human services software, Family and Child Welfare

Child Welfare Workers...Managing for Outcomes

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 23, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The focus of social work has shifted from providing immediate support as a safety net to the vulnerable to striving for a better long-term outcome for each client. In child and family services, the mission no longer ends at removing an endangered child from a dysfunctional household but now extends to how a Child Welfare Agency might help the child grow into a productive member of society. In other words, what will be the ultimate outcome for the child?

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Topics: Child Welfare, social workers, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare, social issues

Child Welfare...An Overwhelming Need

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM

At year end we like to take a look over our shoulder at the vast army of social workers who have supported our country's most vulnerable populations throughout the year. The purpose of this annual overview is to tell social workers nationwide that we appreciate the task their profession has undertaken. Last week we looked at the vast mission of HHS workers across the country. This week we're focusing on child welfare workers. We are astounded here at GVT by the magnitude of the need that social workers in all fields attempt to alleviate and find ourselves rededicated to our mission to help the social work community fulfill its mission.

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Topics: Child Welfare, social workers, what social workers do

Speak Up and Be Safe

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 10, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Educators, who are some of the likeliest professionals to report child abuse, are encountering youth who have faced abuse in isolation throughout the pandemic. During 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits among adolescents aged 12-17 years increased 31% compared to 2019. Suspected suicide attempt ED visits were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12-17 (CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 6/18/21). These stats indicate an increase in child abuse as children were confined to the home during the pandemic.

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Topics: Child Welfare, education, Family and Child Welfare, Child Abuse

Social Workers Fight for Juvenile Justice...Part 2 How We Got Here

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Your response to last week's blog on the social worker's role in juvenile justice was overwhelmingly positive but many of you thought that the issues might be better clarified in context. So, let's try to put juvenile justice in some historical perspective.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do

Advocating For Youth Social Workers in Juvenile Justice

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 23, 2021 10:45:00 AM

  • During a single year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States.
  • Though overall rates have been declining over the past years, approximately 1.7 million delinquency cases are disposed in juvenile courts annually.
  • Youth are referred to the juvenile justice system for different types of offenses.
  • The majority of youth processed through the juvenile court are adjudicated (i.e., declared by a judge to be) delinquent, for most offenses.
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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do

VetoViolence...Violence Education Tools Online

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Preventing violence is possible.

Learn how you can help.

CDC’s VetoViolence website has interactive tools,
trainings, and resources to help you and your community
stop violence now and prevent it in the future.

Evidence shows that different types of violence often
share the same root causes. Understanding the
causes and things that can protect people and
communities can help start or strengthen your violence
prevention efforts.

VetoViolence offers free, accredited online
trainings for you and your team as well as tools
and resources.

Learn how to address violence in your
community; implement prevention programs,
policies, and practices; and tailor approaches
for different types of violence.

vetoviolence.cdc.gov

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Family and Child Welfare, CDC

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow....

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 10, 2021 1:15:00 PM

Since 1977 when Annie opened on Broadway, theatrical artists have been portraying endangered youth who have experienced both maltreatment and engaged in delinquent behavior like Oliver Twist and Little Orphan Annie.

Oliver! and Annie, two of Broadway’s most iconic musicals, star two children caught between Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services. 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Family and Child Welfare

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