Child Welfare
Child Welfare

NCCD believes that every child deserves to be safe and supported at home and in the community. We work with families and child welfare agencies to help protect children from abuse and neglect, and to improve permanency in the home.

Faced with limited resources, many child welfare agencies confront challenges as they work to respond effectively to an increasing, and increasingly complex, volume of cases. The problems of increasing referrals, limited resources, and liability concerns are inextricably linked with decision-making issues. Agencies overwhelmed by heavy workloads need to consistently and accurately determine which cases should be investigated, which children should be placed due to safety concerns, and which families require the most intensive services. Research-based assessments are needed to help agencies and workers make decisions as efficiently and effectively as possible.

NCCD's Children's Research Center is long-known for its Structured Decision Making assessments for child protection. This empirical approach focuses on practical, actionable studies that respond to agency needs. The primary vehicles for this work are SafeMeasures, and training and coaching. NCCD assists child welfare agencies by providing training and coaching for line staff and supervisors directly, or by helping agencies build their capacity to sustain reforms through training for trainers and coaches.