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Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation

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dc.contributor.author Lang, J. M., Campbell, K., Shanley, P., Crusto, C. A., & Connell, C. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-20T18:10:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-20T18:10:15Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Lang, J. M., Campbell, K., Shanley, P., Crusto, C. A., & Connell, C. M. (2016). Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation. Child maltreatment, 21 (2), 113-124. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jason_Lang2/publication/293816567_Building_Capacity_for_Trauma-Informed_Care_in_the_Child_Welfare_System_Initial_Results_of_a_Statewide_Implementation/links/56d460f108ae9e9dea65a994.pdf  
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2835
dc.description.abstract Exposure to childhood trauma is a major public health concern and is especially prevalent among children in the child welfare system (CWS). State and tribal CWSs are increasingly focusing efforts on identifying and serving children exposed to trauma through the creation of trauma-informed systems. This evaluation of a statewide initiative in Connecticut describes the strategies used to create a trauma-informed CWS, including workforce development, trauma screening, policy change, and improved access to evidence-based trauma-focused treatments during the initial 2-year implementation period. Changes in system readiness and capacity to deliver trauma-informed care were evaluated using stratified random samples of child welfare staff who completed a comprehensive assessment prior to (N = 223) and 2 years following implementation (N = 231). Results indicated significant improvements in trauma-informed knowledge, practice, and collaboration across nearly all child welfare domains assessed, suggesting system-wide improvements in readiness and capacity to provide trauma-informed care. Variability across domains was observed, and frontline staff reported greater improvements than supervisors/managers in some domains. Lessons learned and recommendations for implementation and evaluation of trauma-informed care in child welfare and other child-serving systems are discussed. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Child Maltreatment en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject child protection en_US
dc.subject therapy en_US
dc.subject statewide program en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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