Recipients of federal funds are required to provide training on federal civil rights requirements to their agency staff as well as any agency or person with whom they contract. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requires that service provider staff complete a civil rights course in their first year of employment and a refresher training every three years. This means that county and tribal human/social service departments are required to provide civil rights training to their staff and that child protective services, foster care, and youth justice professionals are required to complete training on civil rights to meet U.S. DHHS requirements.
The federal civil rights training requirement can be fulfilled by having staff complete a state-sponsored course or by agencies providing their own local training. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) partnered with the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS) to develop this web-based state-sponsored course. Human/social service departments can choose to have their child welfare staff complete this course or they can continue providing their own local training to their child welfare staff to meet the federal requirements.
The Civil Rights for Child Welfare Professionals course provides a brief overview of federal civil rights laws as they pertain to program delivery and the laws that govern civil rights protections using daily practice examples that child protective services, foster care, and youth justice professionals are likely to encounter. In addition, the complaint process and the rights of service recipients to make complaints at the agency, state, and federal levels are explained.
This training is appropriate for:
- County child protective services, foster care, and youth justice professionals
- Tribal child protective services, foster care, and youth justice professionals
- Agency staff whom county and tribal agencies contract with for the provision of child welfare services
Which Online Training Module Should I Complete?
The Civil Rights for Child Welfare Professionals training module is available in PDS Online as well as on this webpage.
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Accessing the Module in PDS Online
To complete the online course in PDS Online, log into your PDS Online account using this link to access the training.
I do not have a PDS Online Account
If you do not have a PDS Online account and do not need one, complete the course by accessing the module on this page.