Florida’s Department of Children and Families Moves to Implement Group’s Child Safety Recommendations

October 4, 2013 | by  | CBS Miami

Raelene Freitag

This article identifies two key concepts:

This article identifies two key concepts:

  1. Raelene FreitagIt is important to evaluate both safety and risk in the course of decision making in child protection. While related, these concepts are distinct. Looking only at one or the other, or murkily examining them as if they were a single concept, can lead to flawed assessment, misguided decisions, and actions that do not deliver child safety now or over the long term.
  1. Organizational change and the development of strong social work practice cannot be rushed. Dean Fixsen and Karen Blasé have brought implementation science to the forefront of thought in many systems. Child protection work requires attention not just to what the change is, but also how a change is implemented.

Our field is still very young, and we don’t have all of the answers. NCCD’s Children’s Research Center is committed to partnering with child protection systems to find increasingly better ways to assess the safety/danger continuum and the level of risk. We are committed to learning best ways to help organizations select best practices and develop ways to change more than just forms and policies.

Congratulations to Esther Jacobo for taking up a complex change process and committing to Florida’s children and families. We value the important analysis and recommendations from Casey Family Programs. And we applaud the reporter for presenting complicated concepts so clearly and positively.