Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 159–173

Infusing Youth Development Principles in Child Welfare Practice: Use of a Delphi Survey to Inform Training


DOI: 10.1023/A:1023348425324

Cite this article as:
Melpignano, M. & Collins, M.E. Child & Youth Care Forum (2003) 32: 159. doi:10.1023/A:1023348425324


To explore ways to integrate a youth development approach into child welfare work, a Delphi survey of experts was conducted. In particular, the Delphi survey technique was used to generate suggestions regarding: 1) the training needs of child welfare workers dealing with youth transitioning out of care, and 2) potential policy approaches to change in the child welfare system for these youth. A first round survey elicited suggestions of panel respondents and a second round survey requested the rating of these suggestions. Findings illustrate the importance of a holistic approach in working with these youth, as well as the importance of connection and relationship. Training approaches also were perceived as a feasible policy response to helping youth transition from care to independent living.

child welfare training positive youth development independent living skills foster care youth Delphi survey 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston University School of Social WorkUSA
  2. 2.Boston University School of Social WorkBoston