Human Trafficking for Child Welfare Agencies and Caseworkers

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Beginning

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CE Course Description

Due to their potentially unstable living situations, physical distance from friends and family, traumatic experiences, and emotional vulnerability, children involved with child welfare are at risk for being targeted by traffickers who are actively seeking children to exploit.  This CE course explores how child welfare agencies and caseworkers can identify and support children who have been victimized as well as children that are at greater risk for future victimization.  Strategies that agencies can implement to address the trafficking of children, tools and resources to assist caseworkers, along with State and local policy and program examples are also provided.

Author:  Child Welfare Information Gateway.  (2017).  Human trafficking and child welfare: A guide for child welfare agencies.  Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Determine the two reasons why youth in foster care typically run away.

2.  Explain the three intentions of safe harbor laws.

3.  Evaluate the reason behind why traffickers target children in foster care.

4.  Consider three factors that make it difficult for youth who have been trafficked to obtain employment.

5.  Identify three mental health symptoms associated with trafficking.


CE Outline with Main Points

1. Background

a.  Definitions

b.  Scope of Human Trafficking

c.  Intersection With Child Welfare

2.  Federal Legislation and Initiatives

a.  Federal Legislation Regarding Human Trafficking

b.  Federal Guidance About Human Trafficking Laws

c.  Federal Initiatives Regarding Human Trafficking

3.  Understanding Victim Needs

4.  Strategies for State and Local Agencies

a.  Trafficking Prevention

b.  State and Agency Policy

c.  Examples From the Field

d.  Collaboration

e.  Training for Agency Staff and Partners

f.  Screening and Assessment Tools

g.  Designing Service Programs

h.  Building Community Awareness

5.  Working with Victims

a.  Building Rapport

b.  Resources to Assist with Identifying Victims and Building Relationships

c.  Identifying Victims

d.  Children Running Away from Foster Care

e.  Connecting Victims with Services

f.  Human Trafficking Training for Caseworkers



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2018-07-02

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