Child Welfare

By Keyla Hernandez

What is a Child Welfare Worker?

A Child Welfare worker is a field of social work that involves making sure children’s needs are taken care of. They work to make sure the child has the best things possible and they go in depth with the child to learn their needs. They assist families in need of support.

How much do they make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that social workers that worked with children, families, and schools had a median salary of $40,680 and $19.56 median wage in 2011.


Professional growth and career development are important of a qualified child welfare workforce. Providing opportunities for growth and career advancement can help improve worker spaces and is a very important in an organization's training system.

Examples of training programs:

Creating an Effective Child Welfare Training System

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2005)
Discusses key components of an effective training system and strategies for assessing an agency's training system in three phases.

Key Strategies to Educate Public Child Welfare Workers and Improve Child Welfare Systems

Zlotnik, McCarthy, & Briar-Lawson
Evaluation Exchange, 11(4), 2006
Reviews research and evaluation findings on public agency-university partnerships to educate public child welfare workers and the impact of such partnerships on workforce retention.

Qualities Needed

-Must be able to work under a lot of stress

-Focus on ensuring the social, physical, psychological and emotional well-being of their clients

-Honesty and Professionalism

-Positive Attitude

-Compassion for the child and family


Child Welfare Workers must obtain a bachelors degree in social work, psychology, or sociology. There are some programs that are specific for child welfare workers which in the end lead to a certificate in child welfare. Most Child Welfare workers have a masters degree or doctoral degree in sociology.


"Child Welfare Training Models and Partnerships." - Child Welfare Information Gateway. Web. 18 May 2015.

"DHS - Working as a Child Welfare Specialist." DHS - Working as a Child Welfare Specialist. Web. 18 May 2015.

"The Job Description of a Child Welfare Social Worker." Work. Web. 18 May 2015.


Comment Stream