• March/April 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 2

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Using Information Management to Support the Goals of Safety, Permanency and Well Being: Trainer's Guide

University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, Institute for Child and Family Service, Portland, ME. 2000. 249 pp. Free to download from website. Binder.

Information management skills are critical for child welfare supervisors if they are to be able to access and utilize Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems (SACWIS). The purpose of this trainer's guide is to give supervisors a chance to learn, practice, and enhance these skills, using experiential, active learning methods, in a competency-based curriculum. The curriculum is designed to complement and integrate with a State's existing SACWIS and supervisory training, and is organized into eleven modules, which can be customized to fit the needs of any public child welfare agency. Topics include:

  • The child welfare supervisor's evolving responsibilities
  • How to reduce resistance and build commitment to change
  • Identifying, locating, and using key data for informed casework supervision
  • Data analysis tips, tools, and techniques
  • Using information management to achieve agency goals.

After completing this training, participants should be able to apply what they have learned to their daily supervisory work, and use information from the SACWIS system to improve accountability in child welfare practice.

A Supervisory Seminar Trainer's Guide and a final report for the project are also available at the website.

To purchase a copy, contact:
Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service
96 Falmouth Street
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104-9300
Phone: 207-780-4430
Fax: 207-780-4417
TTY: 207-780-5646
Email: skanak@usm.maine.edu
Website: http://www.muskie.usm.maine.edu
Full text online: http://www.muskie.usm.maine.edu/sacwis

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