COVID-19 Resources for Child Welfare, Justice, & Adult Protection

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COVID-19 Resources for Child Welfare, Justice, & Adult Protection


During COVID-19 and physical distancing, NCCD is providing practical guidance for navigating the rapidly changing challenges faced by child welfare, justice, and adult protection agencies. We will additional resources on an ongoing basis.



Physical Distancing and Social Work Best Practices

A recent webinar hosted by NCCD and the American Public Human Services Association is now available as an audio recording. Listen to four child welfare experts from across the country answer questions from the moderators and attendees about how their work to keep children safe has evolved since the COVID-19 pandemic—and physical distancing—began.

Learn more and listen to the recording here.



Understanding the Needs and Concerns of Frontline Workers

NCCD has developed two short surveys to gather information about COVID-19 related needs, concerns, and system impact in child welfare, juvenile justice, and criminal justice.

The first survey, COVID-19 Agency Response, focuses on agency-level challenges and responses. Any agency staff member can take this survey.

The second survey, COVID-19 Staff Needs and Concerns, gathers information from frontline staff about their needs and concerns during the outbreak. It is designed for frontline staff to complete and is available in English and Spanish.

Survey responses will provide critical information that agency leadership and the field can use immediately to identify needs and plan for increased support and improved communication during the COVID-19 outbreak. For researchers, survey responses will provide a valuable snapshot across jurisdictions about the current situation and new kinds of support and technical assistance that may be warranted. Results will be available on NCCD’s website.

If you work for a state or county agency and would like to administer the COVID-19 Staff Needs and Concerns survey to obtain results specific to your jurisdiction, please contact Dr. Cynthia Burnson.

Please disseminate the surveys widely. Thank you!

Adult Protection

Because older adults are at highest risk of contracting COVID-19, those working in the APS field need to take special care with their clients—70% of whom are over age 60. NCCD’s APS team has a new resource for agencies and workers that includes tips and links to more help.

Resources for Adult Protective Services During Physical Distancing (PDF)

Child Welfare

With physical distancing, child welfare practitioners are being forced to adapt as they continue the essential work of partnering with families and communities to ensure child safety. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

NCCD Guidance on Community Supervision During COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact how justice systems operate across the United States, supervision of people who are on probation or parole is changing. Some shifts include:

  • In-person check-ins with probation and parole officers have been widely curtailed and replaced with phone calls and video conferences.
  • Drug testing has been dramatically cut back.   
  • At least one state is decreasing the number of people placed on electronic monitoring.
  • Some law enforcement agencies have halted most arrests for probation violations.

NCCD has released guidance to help community corrections agencies accommodate the influx of people being released from institutions due to the pandemic. Read it here and reach out if you would like to talk with us.

#SendOurKidsHome and #YouthJustice

If you missed the Twitter chat with @NCCDtweets, the National Juvenile Justice Network (@NJJNetwork) and the Coalition on Juvenile Justice (@4juvjustice) about the impact of COVID-19 on justice-involved youth and steps jurisdictions are taking to keep youth safe, you can still catch up. Search #SendOurKidsHome and #YouthJustice on Twitter to see all the content.

Justice and COVID-19 Resources Page

Visit our COVID-19 and the Justice System page for detailed information on how justice systems across the country are responding to COVID-19.

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