April, 2009

Trying to change child welfare’s response to domestic violence? Then support the supervisors!

by David Mandel In the Q & A after a recent conference keynote, an administrator from a child welfare community provider agency posed the following to me: “We’ve trained all our staff in better identification of domestic violence and better case practice but we are not seeing the practice changes […]

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Empathy for victims isn’t the answer (but it’s important)

by David Mandel During Safe and Together trainings,  I often hear some version of the following statement from child welfare workers:  “I can be empathetic to a victim to a point, and I don’t want to revictimize her but my bottom line is the safety of the children.”   The main […]

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This work changes us (and we should be talking about it)

by David Mandel I  want to recommend a book that I just finished reading.  It’s  “Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk.     The book, which is about the impact of working with trauma, should be mandatory […]

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Partnering with Survivors at the Core of Keeping Children Safe

“The yardstick is flawed because it is based on inaccurate assumptions which place unnecessary barriers to collaboration between child welfare and survivors.”

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Blogging the Safe and Together Model

For  over a decade  I have been working with child welfare systems around the country to improve their response  to domestic violence cases.  During that time I’ve developed the Safe and Together model. This blog is dedicated to the ideas underpinning that model: Child welfare systems cannot achieve their core […]