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.

Requirements have been met if staff:

  • Completed the Sexually Exploited Youth Overview 239A and SEY: Child Welfare Response 239B (online or in-person), offered since December 2019 and going forward.
  • Completed new worker Foundations Training AFTER January 2020 when Sexual Exploitation content was added to the curriculum

Still need to meet the training requirement?

  • A new Human Trafficking training 239C, offered virtually, will be offered beginning March 2022.
  • Sexually Exploited Youth Overview 239A and SEY: Child Welfare Response 239B will continue to be offered periodically for those wanting a more in-depth training.

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. Visit mn.gov/dhs/safe-harbor for tools and guidance on the child welfare response to trafficking and exploitation in Minnesota. If you have questions or concerns, contact us any time at info@mnchildwelfaretraining.com.