ERIC Number: EJ1109674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
The Child Welfare Cartel, "Redux"
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n5 p519-524 Sep 2016
In response to "The Child Welfare Cartel," defenders of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) make three errors: First, restricting federal funds to schools of social work is "not" authorized by the statute cited in the creation of NCWWI. Second, social work is "not" the only discipline engaged in child welfare, denying the emergence of Child Advocacy Studies as a competitor. Third, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are "not" implausible in child welfare due to the complex issues presented by maltreated children and troubled families. This incorrect contention ignores the numerous field experiments deployed in psychology and nursing to the considerable benefit of those disciplines. Apologists for NCWWI thus make assertions typical of a cartel, resulting in outcomes that are unnecessarily substandard and expensive. If social workers are superior to nonprofessionals in child welfare, defenders of NCWWI should conduct an RCT putting that claim to test.
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Randomized Controlled Trials, Social Work, Child Advocacy, Financial Support, Federal Aid, Professional Education, Professional Personnel, Social Science Research, National Organizations
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