626.5591 CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS; TRAINING; ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings
given unless the specific context indicates otherwise:
(a) "Child protection agency" means an agency authorized to receive reports, conduct
assessments and investigations, and make determinations pursuant to section
(b) "Child protection services" means the receipt and assessment of reports of child
maltreatment and the provision of services to families and children when maltreatment has
occurred or when there is risk of maltreatment. These services include: (1) the assessment of risk
to a child alleged to have been abused or neglected; (2) interviews of any person alleged to
have abused or neglected a child and the child or children involved in the report, and interviews
with persons having facts or knowledge necessary to assess the level of risk to a child and the
need for protective intervention; (3) the gathering of written or evidentiary materials; (4) the
recording of case findings and determinations; and (5) other actions required by section
administrative rule, or agency policy.
(c) "Competency-based training" means a course of instruction that provides both
information and skills practice, which is based upon clearly stated and measurable instructional
objectives, and which requires demonstration of the achievement of a particular standard of skills
and knowledge for satisfactory completion.
(d) "Foundation training" means training provided to a local child protection worker after
the person has begun to perform child protection duties, but before the expiration of six months
of employment as a child protection worker. This foundation training must occur during the
performance of job duties and must include an evaluation of the employee's application of skills
(e) "Advanced training" means training provided to a local child protection worker after the
person has performed an initial six months of employment as a child protection worker.
Subd. 2. Training program; development.
The commissioner of human services shall
develop a program of competency-based foundation and advanced training for child protection
workers if funds are appropriated to the commissioner for this purpose.
History: 1988 c 630 s 2; 1993 c 306 s 22