As part of the Child Welfare policy and practice expectations, Child and Family Team meetings are an integral part of how child welfare services are conducted with families and community partners in North Carolina. CFT meetings are distinct from other meetings and the meetings can be quite complex. In recognition of this, the following trainings are required.
A. Social Workers and Supervisors
All child welfare social workers and child welfare supervisors hired on or after February 1, 2008 shall complete Step by Step: An Introduction to Child and Family Teams.
Child welfare social workers and child welfare supervisors hired before February 1, 2008 shall meet this requirement in one of two ways. Either:
• Successful completion of Step by Step: An Introduction to Child and Family Teams; OR
• Successful completion of both Setting the Stage for Family-Centered Meetings: County Orientation and Caution: Family Centered Meeting ahead! A guide for Social Workers Attending Child and Family Teams. (note that these two former courses have been combined into the current course, Step by Step: An Introduction to Child and Family Teams.)
If either of these options have been completed before this policy was implemented then the requirement has been met.
If neither of these options has been completed as of February 1, 2008, they shall be completed by February 1, 2009.
For anyone taking on the role and responsibility of facilitating Child and Family Teams in cases where the risk is High or Intensive, they shall have the following training: Anchors Away! How to Navigate Child and Family Teams: The Role of the Facilitator. If facilitation duties began on or after February 1, 2008, then this requirement shall be met within the first 12 months of employment. If facilitation duties were begun before February 1, 2008 this requirement shall be met by February 1, 2009 unless the training has already been completed.
This training is also strongly recommended for those facilitating meetings in cases where the risk is moderate.
For additional training on child and family teams from a cross agency community perspective, a county department may request training through the Technical Assistance and Learning Support (TALS) provided by the Center for Family Engagement and NC State University.
This training utilizes a System of Care approach to introduce family, agency, and community partners to the purpose and importance of child and family team meetings as well as their role in the meetings.
All trainings sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Social Services can be accessed at: http://www.ncswlearn.org.
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.