Training is available to fulfill the new human trafficking training requirement for child welfare staff.

A new human trafficking training requirement for child welfare staff is now in effect, requiring all persons with child protection duties to receive training on identification, assessment and comprehensive, coordinated service delivery in partnership with Minnesota’s Safe Harbor response.

The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) and DHS Child Safety and Permanency Division are working together with stakeholders to develop implementation plans for child welfare staff seeking to fulfill the requirement. The information below may help guide agencies as they plan for how staff may complete the training requirements.

How can the new training requirement be satisfied?

  1. Completion of the MNCWTA courses 239A and 239B (two-day human trafficking and sexual exploitation training) online or in person (offered since December 2019 and going forward).
  2. Completion of the new worker Foundations Training Human Trafficking AFTER January 2020 when Sexual Exploitation content was added to the curriculum; or
  3. Completion of a new one-day MNCWTA course, 239C, which will be offered virtually beginning in winter 2021/2022.

Completion of other trainings on human trafficking, including community- based trainings or events, state or national webinars, or other DHS trainings will not satisfy the new training requirement. Please contact for more information. Visit for tools and guidance on the child welfare response to trafficking and exploitation in Minnesota.

Watch for announcements from MNCWTA on course offerings planned for later this fall!