There are four
groups of people who can access information on the status of your CWEL.
- You, as a licensed
person, may call or write and request the status of your license or licensure
application. To do so you must be ready to verify who you are to the Office
of Child Welfare Employee Licensing.
Employers must call or write to the Office when you are being considered for
a position in direct child welfare services. They will be advised of the status
of your license but not detailed information.
- Current employers
may call to verify the status of your license at any time. In addition, if
your license has been suspended for any reason, your employer will be informed
in writing by the Office of Child Welfare Employee Licensing and in some cases
the OIG as well.
- If there is
a licensure-level complaint filed against you with the Office of Child Welfare
Employee Licensing, and there is evidence of a criminal violation or other
violation of Rule 412, your licensure application information may be requested
as part of that investigation.
of Licensed Direct Service Child Welfare Staff
As a licensed Child Welfare Employee, your behavior effects the foundation of
society, children and their families. Licensed staff hold the following responsibilities:
- You must maintain
current knowledge about policy and program changes that affect your job duties.
- You must maintain
knowledge of the current promulgated Rule 412, entitled "Licensure of
Direct Child Welfare Services Employee and Supervisors."
- You must participate
in all mandatory training. This is in-service training that has been deemed
as mandatory by the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services.
- You must report
any of the following information immediately to the Office of Child Welfare
a. Your Home Address Changes and changes in your employer;
i. If you fail to do this, any policy changes affecting your license and any
notifications regarding your licensure status cannot be sent to you. This
may seem trivial but in the long run is vital to being successful as a licensed
b. Notification to the Office of Child Welfare Employee Licensing that you
are being investigated, or have been indicated as a perpetrator of child abuse/neglect;
c. Notification to the Office of Child Welfare Employee Licensing of a charge
or criminal conviction of any offenses stipulated under the Criminal Code
of 1961 listed in the Child Care Act of 1969.
- As a licensed
staff person, you have given permission to be subject to periodic background