What is it about?

Although a significant body of research has documented the prevalence of FASDs in child welfare services, little attention has been shown to the initial entry into service and the social worker's initial assessment. With social workers now formally focused in US child welfare law under CAPTA to plan safe care for the child with FASD, the need for a professional focus to upskill social workers is now apparent

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Significant failures occurring in child welfare in the recognition and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(s). Such failures place child welfare social workers in a vulnerable position. Although now written into federal law and mandated in the US CAPTA law, Social work undergrad education programs still do not do sufficient knowledge of translation


Although practicing in the field of FASD knowledge translation since 2011. I hold concerns that we are not taking FASD seriously in many cultures, especially in the EU. In previously published work, I focused on the needs of caregivers, and my doctoral thesis was focused on the needs of child welfare social workers, With prevalence rate studies documenting anything from a 16% to 40% prevalence in child welfare services, the needs of child welfare social workers need to be elevated. To do this CWSW need the 3Ps of Policy, Procedure, and Protocols to effectively manage FASD and plan safe care

William Curran
Concordia University, Montreal

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This page is a summary of: Hearing the voice of child welfare social workers: planning safe care for a child with or suspected of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), Advances in Dual Diagnosis, January 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/add-04-2022-0014.
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