CHILD WELFARE SOCIAL WORKERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS: IS THERE A GENERATION GAP?
Daily, countless child welfare workers face critical life and death decisions and carry high case loads
with limited supervision and support. Unfortunately, these factors often affect the safety, permanence
and well-being of children, youth and families in addition to the recruitment and retention of qualified
child welfare staff. Child welfare workers are often overburdened and work under intense pressure
with limited resources. They are expected to conduct interviews and home visits, attend court hearings
and conduct various administrative tasks including but not limited to, entering data into state systems
to processing paperwork to ensure that vendors (e.g., child care providers, foster parents, and
therapists, etc.) receive timely payments. Child welfare workers currently have to serve more families
with fewer resources. Fortunately, child welfare administrators across the country have begun to
recognize that access to emerging information technology can boost the efficiency of overtaxed
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIAL WORK IN THE UNITED STATES: ADAPTING TO NEW CHALLENGES
Social workers have had a defined role in providing services to incarcerated individuals since the inception of the profession in 1904 (Roberts & Springer, 2007). Social work has since evolved as an essential component of the nation’s criminal justice system For the most part, social work practice as performed in the various criminal (and juvenile) justice systems in the United States is variously referred to as criminal justice social work, correctional social work, or forensic social work. The term criminal justice social work (CJSW) will be used throughout this discussion.
This report highlights the professional development characteristics of the survey participants and
explores the continuing education training content areas, the accessibility of continuing education
activities, the importance of professional development in social work, and the extent of employers'
support and contribution to the professional development of social workers.