The NCCD Children’s Research Center offers a number of tips for conducting safety assessment and planning during the current health care crisis.
The County of San Diego began an effort in 2015 to achieve more timely family reunification by using a portion of its Title IV-E waiver funds to invest in a promising approach to parent/child visits: Family Visit Coaching, which is based on the Visit Coaching model developed by Marty Beyer, PhD.
To receive funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, jurisdictions must establish an evidence base for programs designed to prevent children from entering foster care. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) allows jurisdictions to contract with an independent reviewer to document the evidence base for programs that have not yet been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Read about NCCD’s independent technical reviews here.
The July issue of SDM News highlights the first of four values that drive the development of Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments: consistency. See upcoming issues to learn more about the additional SDM® values of accuracy, equity, and utility.
The latest report on this project describes evaluation activities of the past six months, analysis of 2018 parent/guardian survey results, and evaluation results to date. The goals of the Title IV-E Waiver Project are to determine whether allowing flexibility in the use of project funds helps California counties better achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; and to reduce the number of children in foster care while maintaining child safety. NCCD’s study of the project began in late 2015 and is slated for completion in 2020. For a personal take on the study’s latest findings, read this blog post by Dr. Elizabeth Harris, NCCD senior researcher and principal investigator for the evaluation.
Why “safe with a plan” provokes anxiety in many child welfare workers and how the SDM® system can help. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
The ability to predict the future would prove useful in many areas of our lives. For child protection social workers, it could help them target services to families most likely to experience poor outcomes in the future. In the absence of such an ability, social workers can use the Structured Decision Making® risk assessment. Learn more about actuarial assessment in the September issue of SDM News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
Addressing decision-making dilemmas with the SDM system.*This link opens slowly; please be patient.
Phillip Decter is appointed to serve as NCCD’s interim director of child welfare. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
The May edition of SDM News highlights an often unseen population within the foster care system: LGBTQ youth. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
This issue of SDM News delves into the difference between danger and risk when using the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model in child protection work.
Confused about which Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessment to use for what decision? Look at our new handout—and share with others—to gain a better understanding of the SDM® model.