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Child Welfare Supervision


This report, Building a Model and Framework for Child Welfare Supervision, presents the findings from an extensive review of the most recent literature combined with interviews of experts in the field of child welfare, currently practicing child welfare administrators, supervisors, frontline practitioners, and trainers. The report is organized into three sections: • Section I introduces seven elements of an emerging model of supervision in child welfare. • Section II presents an integrated organizational framework consisting of four components required to empower child welfare supervisors to effectively carry out their administrative, educational, and supportive functions. • Section III incorporates supports useful to agencies in implementing the recommendations contained in this report. These include our interview protocols, the annotated results of our extensive literature review, a sample job description, and our methodology.

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This publication was produced with support from the Children’s Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services and is available online at and 2009



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