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Caseworker Readiness Resources &
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Below is a list of topics helpful in getting ready for casework.  Included with each
topic are:

  • Worksheets and activities to prepare you for the job ahead
  • Resources and links to suggested materials

 

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Child Safety, Permanence & Well-Being CAPMIS Practice Standards
Ethical Issues Cultural Comptence Casework Supervision
Documentation & Monitoring Training Opportunities Stress Management
Workload Management Community Service Providers Juvenile Court Collaboration
Compacts & Agreements Release of Information Screening, Investigation & Assessment
Case Planning & Implementation Placement of Children in Substitute Care Working with Caregivers

The Caseworker's Role in Delivering Best Practice

Achieving safety of children, permanence for children, and well-being for children and families

Link to New Employee Orientation for background information regarding the CFSR and Ohio's PIP at: New Employee Orientation

Overview of the Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Model - Interim System (CAPMIS)

Activity: Introduction to CAPMIS
Link to OCWTP for CAPMIS training opportunities at: OCWTP CAPMIS Training

Organizations well-regarded for best practice standards

Activity: Professional Standards for Child Welfare Caseworkers
For PCSAO Standards, go to: http://www.pcsao.org/standards.htm
For COA Standards, go to: www.coastandards.org
For CWLA Standards, go to: www.cwla.org/programs/standards
The Field Guide to Child Welfare.  If you do not already have access to the Field Guide for Child Welfare, go to fieldguideadmin@ihs-trainet.com and request a log-in number. You will receive an email with a user name and password.

Ethical issues in child welfare casework

Worksheet: What Would You Do?
Link to “Codes of Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct” OAC Section 4757-5-01 at: CSWMFT Ethics
Link to NASW's Code of Ethics at: NASW Ethics

Cultural Competence

Worksheet: Cultural Competence in Child Welfare Services
The Field Guide to Child Welfare.  If you do not already have access to the Field Guide for Child Welfare, go to fieldguideadmin@ihs-trainet.com and request a log-in number. You will receive an email with a user name and password.
PDF: OCWTP Diversity Maps - Figure this out!!!

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The Caseworker's Role within the Agency

Casework Supervision

Reading: Supervising the Casework Process

Documentation and monitoring

Activity:Understanding SACWIS, CPOE and QIP
Link to: CPOE Outcome Indicators

Training opportunities

Reading:  Caseworker Core Checklist
Worksheet: What Do You Want To Learn in Caseworker Core?
Activity:Caseworker Training Opportunities
Link to: Caseworker Core Competencies
Link to: E-Track

Stress management

Activity: Managing Stress as a Child Welfare Caseworker

Workload management

Activity: Workload Management

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The Caseworker's Role in the Community

Community service providers

Link to: Orientation worksheet at: Orientation: Community Resources
Activity: Community Services Activity

Juvenile Court collaboration

Activity: Child Welfare and the Juvenile Court on Behalf of Families

Compacts and agreements

Activity: Community Collaboration
Reading: Interstate Compacts
For information about the Memorandum of Understanding, link to Section 2151.421 (J) of the ORC or 5101:2-33-26 of the OAC at: Ohio laws and rules

Release of information

Refer to OAC 5101:2-34-38 "Confidentiality and dissemination of information relating to child abuse or neglect" and OAC 5101:2-34-38 "Access/confidentiality of information contained in the child abuse and neglect central registry at: Ohio laws and rules
For information about HIPAA, link to: HIPAA

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Direct Services - Casework Functions

Law and rule requirements of screening, investigations, and assessment

Reading: OAC and ORC Requirements regarding Screening, Investigation, and Assessment
Ohio laws and rules
For information on Alternative Response, link to: Alternative Response Quarterly Newsletter

Roles and responsibilities in screening, investigation, and assessment

Agency job description
Shadowing Activity: Your Role as a Screener
Shadowing Activity: Your Role in Investigations and Assessments
Reading: Screening: The First Step in Child Protection Competencies
Reading: Assessment Competencies
Reading: Investigation Competencies
For CAPTA Guidelines specific to Ohio, link to: Protecting Parents Constitutional Rights

Law and rule requirements of case planning and implementation

Reading: OAC and ORC Requirements regarding Case Planning and Implementation
Ohio laws and rules

Roles and responsibilities in case planning and implementation

Agency job description
Shadowing Activity: Your Role in Case Planning and Implementation
Reading: Case Planning Competencies

Law and rule requirements of the placement of children into substitute care

Reading: OAC and ORC Requirements regarding Placement of Children
Ohio laws and rules

Roles and responsibilities in placing children in substitute care

Agency job description
Shadowing Activity: Your Role in Placing and Working with Children in Substitute Care and Their Families
Reading: Separation, Placement, and Reunification Competencies

Law and rule requirements for working with caregivers

Reading: OAC and ORC Requirements regarding Working with Caregivers
Ohio laws and rules

Roles and responsibilities in working with caregivers

Agency job description
Shadowing Activity: Your Role in Working with Caregivers
Reading: Separation, Placement, and Reunification Competencies

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