Acting Like It Matters: A Scoping Review of Simulation in Child Welfare Training

Marion Bogo, Aron Shlonsky, Barbara Lee, Sarah Serbinski

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Simulation-based training is often used to prepare health practitioners and is increasingly employed to train child welfare workers. This scoping review systematically searched the published and grey literature for studies that evaluated training for child welfare practitioners and used simulation methods that included standardized actors. Three studies met inclusion criteria, all documenting improvement in participants' use of specific skills. Other outcomes were mixed, possibly reflecting the heterogeneity of samples, study methods, measures, training of actors, theoretical frameworks, and content areas. Though results were mostly positive, the small number of studies indicates a substantial need for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-93
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • child maltreatment
  • child welfare
  • scoping review
  • simulation
  • training
  • workforce issues

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