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September 13, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
When is it okay for the system to stop working with a family? How do we, as part of this system, decide that we have done all we can to make sure the family is functioning in a way that ensures child safety? This is one of the decision points in the life of a case that can be scary for workers. When…
September 6, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist
When I think about the reunification process and the ramifications of the decision to return a child to his or her home, I recall a case I had that involved a young girl who was sexually abused by her older brother. The girl, who lived with her mother and brother, disclosed that her brother sexually…
August 30, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
I think we struggle—as a system—with creating effective case plans with families. To be effective, case plans should incorporate action-oriented steps to help families make the changes necessary to ensure their children are safe. When I was a worker, every family’s case plan looked similar. Usually…
August 23, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
When deciding whether to open a child protection case, caseworkers have both their professional judgment and any tools their agencies provide to assist them. While a caseworker may feel strongly about a family’s need for services—or for the chance to improve a situation on their own, independent fr…
August 16, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
Safety is one of our primary goals in child welfare, but knowing whether a situation is concerning enough to require action can be a challenge. Further complicating the worker’s decision to require an in-home safety plan or remove a child from his/her parents is the timing of the incident in questio…
August 9, 2017 | NCCD
At first glance, the decision-support assessment tools that make up NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system may look like needless paperwork—one more time-demanding task in a busy caseworker’s day. Julie Davis, MSSW, knows otherwise. A former child welfare social worker, Julie now has a deep…
August 9, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
One of the keys to an effective child protection system is the ability to consistently determine which reports rise to the level of needing a child protection response. Just as important is the ability to not respond to concerns that do not rise to that level. This screening decision is challenging,…
July 26, 2017 | Phil Decter, Interim Director of Child Welfare
Eight years ago, I left my home in Boston on a plane bound for San Diego, California. I had worked as a social worker with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings for almost 20 years. I trained and coached social workers for more than 10 of those years. I did many other types of work…
July 10, 2017 | NCCD
Two weeks ago we introduced you to our new internship program that aims to expose young people of color in Madison, Wisconsin, to career opportunities at both NCCD and nonprofits in general. The interns spent the first two weeks of their six-week internship with NCCD’s communications and development…
July 7, 2017 | Kathy Park, NCCD CEO
The June 23 ruling by a federal judge is the push Wisconsin needs to catch up with the national movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement for youth. In asking for quick and substantial changes at Wisconsin’s juvenile correctional facility, US District Judge James Peterson alluded to rese…