Time For a Change: Our Children Deserve Extra

A latest headline reads:

Professional: SC Social Companies hiring plan “bold,” will take longer than a yr¹

The article begins with: “The [South Carolina] state child-welfare company’s plan for hiring [200] extra caseworkers is bold however will take longer than a yr, a nationwide child-welfare skilled warned state senators Tuesday.”

This highlights one purpose that myself and others have advocated for a radical re-evaluation of the perfect ‘coaching floor’ for the baby welfare workforce. The present pondering that social work provides essentially the most fascinating preparation for a profession in baby welfare must be (re)thought of. The restricted capability of social work packages in assembly the workforce calls for, together with the seeming disinterest in selling baby welfare as a profession selection inside the social work career means that it’s time to both:

A) search for a special ‘residence’ in increased schooling for baby welfare or

B) considerably improve the assets that go into social work packages in increased schooling.

The latter, in fact, would require a major ‘tradition shift’ in direction of one which embraces baby welfare as a profession selection inside the social work career. (And everyone knows how straightforward it’s to advertise change in a decades-old institution!)

The underside line is that we, as a society, (apparently) don’t place sufficient worth on weak kids to deal with this problem. We’re involved about STEM topics; that’s, Science, Expertise, Engineering, & Arithmetic. However we have now not but reached the ‘tipping level‘ required to deal with the workforce challenges in baby welfare. After we make kids a precedence, maybe the kid welfare career will lastly get the eye it deserves.

Workforce challenges apart, the proposed system modifications are laudable. The state has the chance to be a pacesetter within the discipline, if they’re able to maintain this momentum. For the sake of South Carolina kids (and maybe, ALL kids, finally), I hope so.

¹ The article referenced was written by JAMIE SELF, [email protected], October 14, 2014, printed on the The State: South Carolina’s Homepage

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