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Health Care Needs of Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System Tier 2 eLearning

Level: Core Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 1

Intended Audience: This course is intended for new and experienced social workers in the child welfare system

Description of Course: This course covers content on attending to the health care needs of infants, youth and non-minor dependent youth in foster care. The course also
covers services available to meet medical needs, as well as a process to ensure continuity of care for children in the foster care system.

Intended Objectives:

  • Recognize the four main components of holistic health
  • Recognize the role of holistic health in promoting the overall health and well being
  • Recognize the special medical needs of children, youth and non- minor dependents in foster care
  • Recognize the social worker’s role in facilitating medical care for children, youth and non-minor dependents in foster care
  • Identify resources available to promote health and wellness for children, youth and non-minor dependents involved in the child welfare system
  • Explain the collaborative roles of care providers and foster care public health nurses in the prevention, care, treatment, advocacy, and follow-up of health care needs for children, youth and non-minor dependents
  • Identify the role of the health and education passport in ensuring children, youth and non-minor dependents receive appropriate medical care, and the social worker’s role in maintaining the Health and Education Passport

Topics Include:

  • Values associated with a holistic health approach
  • Health issues of children in foster care
  • Chronic conditions linked to foster care youth
  • Obtaining a Medical History
  • Health and Education Passport
  • Child Health Disability Program
  • The use of Public Health Nurses in child welfare
  • Some Special Problems in Foster Care Youth
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