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December/January 2018Vol. 18, No. 9Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017 Learning Experience

The Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017 Learning Experience provides child welfare professionals with resources to help improve the quality of assessments and best practices for data-informed decision-making as well as promote dialogue, critical thinking, and practice improvement.

Based on the Virtual Expo 2017, the on-demand Learning Experience includes the following four modules:

  • The Right Information at the Right Time: Supporting the Field With Relevant, Actionable Data: This module explores the current challenges and innovative practices in the areas of data sharing, collaboration, and the use of various data sources to inform assessments and decision-making.
  • Assessment and Decision-Making in Cases With Co-Occurring Issues: This module explores how collaboration among child welfare service providers can impact child welfare assessments as well as how to identify strategies to improve collaboration.
  • The Full View: Comprehensive Assessment of Parents: This module explores the role of frontline staff in creating positive interactions with parents as well as how to identify strategies to improve these interactions.
  • Safety Decision-Making: Using Protective Capacities and Protective Factors: This module explores how protective capacities and factors can be combined to improve the assessment process, case planning, and ongoing case management and how this can positively affect family engagement and prevent repeat maltreatment.

The learning modules include learning activities, personal stories, and supplemental resources, and most sessions can be used to earn continuing education units. A free registration is required to access the Learning Experience.

To learn more about the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017 Learning Experience, visit

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The Capacity Building Center for States released Decision-Making in Child Welfare for Improved Safety Outcomes, which describes the need to explore evidence-based approaches to current safety decision-making practices, the relationship between decision-making factors and tools commonly used to support agencies in improving safety outcomes, and more. To read this brief about strategies to improve decision-making and safety, visit