Using Simulation Training to Improve Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice (article in Child Welfare Practice with Immigrant Children and Families -- Special Issue of Journal of Public Child Welfare).
Leake, Robin. Holt, Kathleen. Potter, Cathryn. Ortega, Debora M.
Published: July-September 2010
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 4, No. 3 , p. 325-346
Taylor and Francis Group
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
Child welfare professionals need to understand the complexities of the factors that influence parenting, values, and worldviews. Being able to work across cultures is critical to assessing safety, obtaining effective services, and creating permanent healthy families for children of color. The purpose of the project was to grapple with the challenge of increasing culturally responsive practice in a context of safety and permanency that is defined by American political and cultural values. The response to this challenge was a competency-based training program designed to enhance the effectiveness of child welfare practice with Latino families. A key feature of the training was a simulation to raise awareness and learning readiness through an experiential approach to learning. The simulation is the first component of a multi-faceted training curriculum aimed at the integration of culturally responsive practices in child welfare practice. The training series was part of a 3-year demonstration project funded by the Children's Bureau (Washington, DC). (Author abstract)
cultural competency; immigrants; cultural factors; parenting; service delivery; child safety; permanency; child protection; professional training; demonstration programs