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North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative

In an effort to strengthen public welfare services in the State of North Carolina, the UNCW School of Social Work has affiliated with the N.C. Child Welfare Collaborative. The Collaborative supports special educational opportunities that emphasize public welfare practice to ensure child safety, whether working in investigations or foster care treatment and case management.

Students who wish to work in public child welfare to ensure safe, permanent, and nurturing families for children are encouraged to apply. Each student who wishes to participate is required to complete an application to the program. The State requires pre-service training before one can engage with clients at a Department of Social Service field placement; this training translates into completion of SWK 311: Child Abuse and Neglect (3) and SWK 312: Seminar on Working with Children, Youth, and Family Services (3) at UNCW. Those students selected will be placed with a county Department of Social Services for field placement. A Collaborative Scholar is deemed "fully qualified" by the Office of State Personnel which allows the graduate to enter DSS employment at the Social Worker III level.