Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

BSW Child Welfare Specialization

A specialization in child welfare is offered in the TRU BSW Program.

Students are required to take particular courses and complete a child welfare practicum during their BSW program in order to graduate with a transcript notation indicating successful completion of the Child Welfare Specialization.

Students who intend to work in mandated child protection settings after graduation must complete their practicum in a child protection setting with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or a delegated Aboriginal agency.

Students who wish to specialize in child welfare, but who do not intend to work in mandated child protection settings after graduation may choose to complete their fourth year practicum in a non-delegated child welfare setting that works with at-risk children, youth and their families.

Graduates who complete their practicum in a child protection setting with MCFD will be required to complete less post-employment training than non-protection CWS students, as they will have met most of the competency requirements. The Field Education Coordinator must approve all child welfare specialization practicum placements.

The required Child Welfare Specialization courses are:

  • SOCW 3570 - Law and Social Policy
  • SOCW 3760 - Child Welfare Practice
  • SOCW 4760 - Child Welfare Policy

For more information about the Child Welfare Specialization, please contact us.