Why You Should Come to the 2016 NCCD Conference

Why You Should Come to the 2016 NCCD Conference

May 9, 2016 | Kimberly Giardina, San Diego County

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My agency, County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS), has had a long and productive relationship with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), one that continues today. When California’s Child Welfare System Improvement and Accountability Act (AB 636) went into effect in 2001 and performance measures were established, NCCD helped CWS develop its data unit so that we could make the best use possible of our data. In 2006, NCCD and CWS worked together to implement the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for child welfare in San Diego County.

My agency, County of San Diego Child Welfare Services (CWS), has had a long and productive relationship with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), one that continues today. When California’s Child Welfare System Improvement and Accountability Act (AB 636) went into effect in 2001 and performance measures were established, NCCD helped CWS develop its data unit so that we could make the best use possible of our data. In 2006, NCCD and CWS worked together to implement the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for child welfare in San Diego County. Through that work, we brought in the values and tools of safety-organized practice (SOP), which NCCD also helped us develop. We’ve also worked with NCCD on a full implementation of the SafeMeasures® reporting service in San Diego County.

Attending NCCD conferences over the years has brought CWS staff members a lot of knowledge that has helped us do our jobs better, serve clients better, and bring innovation and efficiency to our work. At one NCCD conference, we learned that another county had collaborated with NCCD to develop worker dashboards in SafeMeasures so that workers can get an “at-a-glance” look at their cases. NCCD worked with CWS to help implement a similar dashboard for our staff in San Diego.

At another NCCD conference, we learned about new database systems that are being built to support SOP. This knowledge has influenced the feedback our agency is providing to the California Department of Social Services about what needs to be included in California’s new CWS system.

We continue to partner with NCCD on SOP, and together we are also working to develop a data book that will highlight our progress toward various outcomes related to our practice framework.

What I’ve always loved about attending NCCD’s conferences is that they are a great blend of information about child welfare practices, risk assessment, and data. I always learn something that I bring back for my team to consider.

I’m happy to serve on the advisory committee for this year’s conference, and I urge you to join us in Orange County! It’s going to be a great event. I’ll see you there!