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Service Philosophy

A conceptual framework that identifies the common values and basic tenets of social services for children and families and guides decision making. Example of key principle: Preserve families (when appropriate and possible) while maintaining children’s safety, promoting their healthy development, and maintaining family connections.

Download Assessing Outcomes in Child Welfare Services: Principles, Concepts, and a Framework of Core Outcome Indicators, Section I.

Outcome Framework

A domain organization and listing of suggested core outcome indicators for child welfare services, including child protective services, in-home services, family-based foster care, and residential treatment. Example of key indicators: child safety, reduced family violence, increased parenting skills, and increased employment.

Download Assessing Outcomes in Child Welfare Services: Principles, Concepts, and a Framework of Core Outcome Indicators, Section III.

Decision Making Guidelines

Fourteen separate guides that help practitioners make effective service and case planning decisions and achieve measurable outcomes for children and families.

The Tough Problems, Tough Choices: Guidelines for Needs-Based Service Planning in Child Welfare are available in these easy-to-download sections.

Introduction and How to Use the Guidelines

Neglect Part 1

  • Substance Abuse and Neglect / Minor Physical Abuse
  • Failure to thrive
  • Medical neglect
Neglect Part 2
  • Abandonment, expulsion, and other custody issues
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Physical neglect
  • Educational neglect

Abuse Part 1

  • Physical abuse major injury
  • Physical abuse minor injury

Abuse Part 2

  • Domestic violence and abuse and neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Other

  • Youth in conflict
  • Placement level of care

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