This tool is a companion resource to the online tutorial Understanding Substance Use Disorders,
Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals. The National Center on
Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) offers free online tutorials to: 1) help professionals
increase their knowledge and skills to work with families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs),
and 2) help build cross-systems collaboration across the various agencies serving these families.
This tool, which contains five modules to align with the online tutorial for child welfare professionals,
is a resource for child welfare supervisors and staff to: 1) initiate discussions to understand the link
between disproportionalities, disparities, and the child welfare system; 2) recognize disproportionalities
and disparities when working with families affected by SUD; and 3) implement strategies to increase
engagement with families and reduce inequities.
This tool will help child welfare supervisors:
- Connect the dots between the online tutorial and applying an equity lens to policies and practices
- Build staff knowledge by offering key considerations for working with families
- Share practice tips for staff to implement equitable practices
Following this tool is a list of Helpful Resources to ensure supervisors have the necessary information
to not only have these conversations with staff, but to support practice changes that decrease
disproportionalities and disparities.