Field Education

Child Protection

Working in a Child Protection Setting as a BSW Intern

Child protection agencies are charged with ensuring the safety of children in the community by preventing, detecting, and intervening in situations of child abuse and neglect. Social workers play an integral role in these agencies in a large number of capacities from investigating reports of child abuse and neglect to assisting older teens transition out of foster care.

For more information, please watch the following video by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare about the realities of working in child protection:

BSW students could have the opportunity to work with:

  • Minor children from birth
  • Natural or foster parents
  • Immediate and extended families
  • Law enforcement
  • The justice system
  • Group homes or residential treatment centers
  • Mentors of clients

BSW students would likely be doing the following at their field placement:

  • Provide support and assistance for individuals and families in trying to reach their goals
  • Facilitating support groups
  • Facilitating groups designed to build the capacities of individuals, parents, or families
  • Linking clients with needed services in the community
  • Implementing behavior intervention services to help children succeed in school and the community
  • Counseling clients informally
  • Providing emotional support to children or families
  • Providing direct-care services such as transportation of children
  • Participating in meetings with children, families, and other service providers
  • Collaborating with other professionals in the agency

BSW might take away these skills:

  • Building relationships with angry or mistrustful clients
  • Providing direct care to clients
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Group facilitation
  • Working with complex family and support systems
  • Educating clients in areas where there is an informational need
  • Forming professional relationships with clients