Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 213–218 | Cite as

The Presence of Maltreatment Fatality-Related Content in Pre-service Child Welfare Training Curricula: A Brief Report of 20 States

  • Emily M. Douglas
  • Brandy M. Mohn
  • Melinda K. Gushwa


The purpose of this study was to assess the presence of evidence-based information about child maltreatment fatalities (CMFs) and risk factors for CMFs in pre-service child welfare training curricula in the United States. In this first paper to examine the extent to which child welfare workers receive content on CMFs in their pre-service child welfare training, we reviewed curricula from 20 states. We searched for content related to risk assessment and fatality characteristics in the following areas: child risk factors, parent risk factors, and family/household risk factors. Our results suggest that workers’ receive very little content regarding CMFs. We discuss the findings with regard to child welfare training and practice.


Child welfare training Fatal maltreatment Child death Evidence-based practice 



We thank all of the child welfare training directors who sent us their curricula and helped to make this project possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily M. Douglas
    • 1
  • Brandy M. Mohn
    • 1
  • Melinda K. Gushwa
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA
  2. 2.Rhode Island College School of Social WorkProvidenceUSA

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