2 systems overview_child protection

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1 Graduate Training Course on Social Work II: Social Work for Children and Youth with Special Needs Class 2. 28.07.09: Overview of service systems for special needs. Children who are abused, neglected, or homeless. The major service systems for children with special needs (Child Protection/Welfare, Healthcare/hospitals, Schools, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Criminal Justice). Children who are abused, neglected, or homeless: assessment; treatment objectives; evidence- based or typical practices; social work professional roles in the child welfare system. I. The primary service systems for special needs in the U.S. Service System Population served Roles of social workers Child Welfare Children and youth who may have been (or were) physically abused, sexually abused, neglected, or abandoned *Investigate report about potential abuse *Assess child and family for court proceedings *Make decisions about where child lives *Make decisions about when child can return home, or where child will remain permanently (such as adopted family) *Provide supports and services to family as needed to ensure successful reunification and/or prevent further abuse *Administer and manage child welfare agencies Healthcare Hospitals and outpatient clinics, funded privately (employer based or individually purchased healthcare insurance) and publicly (primarily federal Medicaid and Medicare) for healthcare prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness or physical injury. (In 2008 healthcare in U.S. averaged $7,900 per person, totaling $4.3 trillion) *Psychosocial assessment *Child and family support during crises or stress *Discharge planning— arranging services when child leaves hospital *In many settings, the social worker is part of the multi- disciplinary team *Other specialized services depending on illness (e.g. cancer support groups)
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2 Developmental disabilities State government or NGOs providing assessments and services for children and adolescents meeting strict criteria for impairment that began prior to age 18, expected to continue indefinitely, and present a sustained disability (including autism, mental retardation, and severe neurological disability) *Assessment for service eligibility *Family education and support *Counseling *Referral to appropriate services *Special programs for education *Advocacy for child and family *Monitoring of placement out of home when required Mental health/substance abuse Publicly and privately funded services for the full continuum of need, from temporary crises to severe emotional disorders. In U.S. social workers work in
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