Document Category: Cultural Responsiveness

Racism as Trauma: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document examines results from a study exploring the experiences of 13 Indigenous child protection practitioners in Queensland, Australia, working in the statutory child protection system and focuses on participants’ experiences of racism as a potential source of traumatic stress.

Diverse Populations and Communities

Child welfare professionals across the country work with children, youth, and families from varied backgrounds and communities with their own unique strengths, needs, and challenges. Resources in this section provide information about and skills for working with diverse populations to help child welfare professionals engage families, make appropriate case decisions, improve outcomes, and serve the …

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Cultural Responsiveness

Resources to help workers, agencies, and systems better understand and enhance their cultural competence. Includes information on working with children, youth, and families; disproportional representation of minority groups in the child welfare system; culturally competent services; training for child welfare staff; and the specific role of cultural competence in child maltreatment, out-of-home care, and adoption.

Understanding Bias

This online learning tool was designed for direct service workers – but has helpful tips for everyone to better understand and work to overcome biases.

How to Overcome Bias

A handout created for the Understanding Bias tool that serves as a quick reference. –   –   –   –   –   –   –   View Understanding Bias Tool

A Guide to Responding to Microaggressions

This article discusses how different types of microaggressions affect people’s lives and provides a hands-on guide to strategies, approaches, and interventions to address microaggressions.

Implicit Bias 101: Exploring Implicit Bias in Child Welfare

4 online modules covering the basics of implicit bias, implications in child welfare, self-reflection, and mitigating unwanted biases. The purpose of inSight is to provide child protection workers, supervisors, and managers with the knowledge and skills to address implicit racial bias in investigation and decision making processes.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Toolkit (California)

The ICWA Toolkit provides a structured compendium of resources designed to assist county administrators and staff to implement culturally appropriate practices for Native American and Alaska Native children participating in the child welfare system. Each category of tools addresses a specific phase of implementation.