Child Welfare Mobile Apps and Technology

Mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, offer new ways to support the child welfare workforce. These platforms can improve timeliness and accuracy of documentation, as well as ensure access to critical information while in the field. Smart phones can host an array of applications, called “apps,” to bring tools and resources directly to social workers and child welfare professionals to strengthen their work with children, youth and families.

Social Media and Social Work Ethics: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper discusses the importance of developing risk management strategies and provides recommendations for the ethical use of social media…

What Child Welfare Caseworkers Need To Go Mobile

This paper examines the ways in which mobile access to case management systems, data and information, assessment and referral capabilities…

Technology in the Workplace: Legal and Ethical Ramifications

This training course provides participants the opportunity to explore the advantages and disadvantages of using texting and social media in…

Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide

This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on Internet safety, as well as information on…

Foster Care Adoption Directory: iPhone App

This mobile app is a quick and easy way to access nearby foster care and adoption contacts and services through…

Foster Care Adoption Directory: Android App

This mobile app is a quick and easy way to access nearby foster care and adoption contacts and services through…

Becoming "SMART" About Relationship Building: Foster Care Youth and the Use of Technology

This brief explains the results from a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews with foster youth, foster parents and…

TF-CBT Triangle of Life: iPhone App

This mobile app is designed to teach and help children understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop…

TF-CBT Triangle of Life: Android App

This mobile app is designed to teach and help children understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop…

FOCUS on Foster Families: iPhone App

This mobile app is designed to help support foster youth and caregivers as they navigate common challenges, and includes an…

FOCUS on Foster Families: Android App

This mobile app is designed to help support foster youth and caregivers as they navigate common challenges. The app includes…

Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

This document provides guidance for ensuring the safe, competent, and ethical practice of social workers using digital and other electronic…

Twitter Cheat Sheet

This document provides guidance for using Twitter to include information about basic use and common hashtags related to child welfare…

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Teaching with Technology

This document provides a list of NCWWI’s favorite tools to use when teaching with technology. (2015) 

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Social Media Tips and Tools

This document provides guidance using social media to include on choosing social media channels, tips for success, and resources for…

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Microlearning: Best Practices & Scripting

This document provides guidance on microlearnings, including a template for scripting, best practices, and resources. (2015)

How to Create Infographics in PowerPoint

This guide provides fully customizable templates as the inspiration and foundation needed to build infographics right in PowerPoint, as well…

Facilitation of Webinars & Virtual Meetings

This document provides guidance to facilitators of webinars and virtual meetings, including a checklist to prepare, strategies to increase engagement,…

Child Development Milestones and Assessment: HTML5 Mobile Site

This website provides a comprehensive list development milestones and corresponding questions to assessment the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development children.…

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Child Development Milestones and Assessment: Android App

This mobile app provides a comprehensive list development milestones and corresponding questions to assessment the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development…

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Casebook: The Power of Social Networking Technology to Change Policy, Practice and Management

The article explains the application of social networking technologies by the child welfare Internet-based program Casebook to change policy, practice…

Friending Your Clients on Facebook: How Social Media Influences Child Welfare

This webinar explores the role of social media in child welfare practice, including the importance of developing strong social media…

Facebook for Child Welfare Professionals: Developing a Terms of Use Policy for Your Agency's Facebook Page

This paper explains the benefits of having a Facebook page’s Terms of Use Policy, the best practices for enforcing a…

State and Local Examples: Developing Social Media Guidelines and Policies

This webpage provides resources to include State and local examples of existing social media strategies, guidelines, and policies from child…

Basic Interviewing for Social Workers: Android App

This mobile app refers to general basic interviewing guidelines and focuses on safety organized practice and trauma-informed practice.

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Comprehensive Assessment Tool (CAT) Definitions: Android App

This mobile app provides content taken from the Comprehensive Assessment Tool's (CAT) Desk Guide as developed by The SPHERE Institute,…

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Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Services: iPhone App

This mobile app is designed for behavioral health professionals, administrators and policy makers to help reduce behavioral health disparities, increase…

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Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Services: Android App

This mobile app is designed for behavioral health professionals, administrators and policy makers to help reduce behavioral health disparities, increase…

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Elements of Child Sexual Abuse: Android App

This mobile app is designed to provide social workers with the elements used to evaluate child sexual abuse in investigations.

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ICWA Guide: Android App

This mobile app was developed by the Academy for Professional Excellence's Tribal STAR program to assist social workers who have…

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Keys to Engagement: Android App

This mobile app is designed to provide social workers with keys to engaging the families they serve. (2013)

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Safety Organized Practice Tool: Android App

This mobile application is designed to help social workers utilize some of the tools from Safety Organized Practice, designed to…

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W&I Codes for CWS: Android App

This mobile app provides a brief overview of California Welfare and Institutions Codes Section 300 that are frequently used by…

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DSM-5 Criteria: iPhone App

This mobile app provides mental health practitioners, researchers and students fast access to vital DSM criteria and codes in order…

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DSM-5 Criteria: Android App

This mobile app provides mental health practitioners, researchers and students fast access to vital DSM criteria and codes so they…

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Social Work Social Media: iPhone App

This mobile app uses a games-based approach to explore and learn about some of the ethical issues of using social…

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Social Work Social Media: Android App

This mobile app uses a games-based approach to explore and learn about some of the ethical issues of using social…

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The Savvy Social Worker: Android App

This mobile app is designed to help practitioners stay current with new developments in social work practice, especially evidence-based practices…

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Thought Diary Pro: iPhone App

This mobile app is designed to allows the identification of thinking errors (also known as 'cognitive distortions'), and the modification…

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Riding the Wave of Social Media: Hamilton County Agency Builds Community Relationship with Online Tools

This article discusses the use of social media tools to create a new platform to raise an organization's visibility and…

Michigan DHS Launches Mobile Application For Partners As Way To Better Serve Clients

This site explains how the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a mobile application that allows DHS partner agencies…

Maximizing Current & Future Mobile Technology in Pennsylvania's CW System

This paper describes a statewide project to deploy and evaluate the use of mobile technologies in child welfare services. (2012)

Child Welfare Academy iPhone App (Alaska)

This mobile app aims to make information, resources, and social support network easily accessible to child protective services staff. (2013)

Social Media, Smartphones & Safety: How Technology is Changing CW Practice

This webpage provides materials from the conference “Social Media, Smart Phones & Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice,”…

Social Media: Tips for Foster Care Workers

This tip sheet briefly describes the advantages and challenges workers may encounter when using social media with foster parents and…

Does Mobility Make a Difference? A Cumulative Study of the Impact of Mobile Technology in New York State Child Protective Services

This report presents results from a multi-year assessment on how the use of mobility technology affects CPS casework, and offers…

Child Welfare & Technology - CW360

This issue explores how the field of child welfare develops, utilizes, and evaluates its interaction with technology, and features articles…

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Child Welfare Social Workers’ Attitudes towards Mobile Technology Tools: Is There a Generation Gap?

This study provides background information and shares findings related to: social workers’ experience and confidence with, and attitudes about, technology…

A Decade of Technology in Child Welfare

This article from Children’s Bureau Express summarizes how technology has been used throughout the past 10 years in child welfare,…

CWIG: Using Social Media in Child Welfare

This webpage offer information and resources on how to capture opportunities to help improve outcomes and build supports for children…

NRC-PFC: Technology & Child Welfare

This webpage provides a list of resources, PowerPoint presentations, and websites related to technology and child welfare.