July, 2013

New video on how child welfare can build stronger partnerships with domestic violence survivors

David Mandel demonstrating and discussing two different approaches to building stronger child welfare partnerships with domestic violence survivors. The clip highlights how, in domestic violence informed child welfare practice, learning about the survivor’s efforts to promote the safety and well being of the children (the 3rd Critical Component) is central […]

Changing a System from the Outside: Thoughts for Domestic Violence Advocates Wanting to Support and Encourage Domestic Violence Proficient Child Welfare Systems

by Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training Director With the growth of co-located child welfare domestic violence advocates across the country, (by one count approximately 25 states have some form of co-located child welfare domestic violence advocates), domestic violence advocates have more day to day direct contact with the child welfare […]

Replacing a Paradigm

by Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training Director Child welfare has historically used a paradigm called “failure to protect” which is designed to identify a parent or caregiver of children who refused or was unable to protect children from various maltreatments or types of harm. The Safe and Together model asks […]

New Safe and Together Model Newsletter Now Available-July 2013

In this issue: Special Event Recap: National Safe and Together™ Model Symposium: Shaping Practice to Effectively Respond to Domestic Violence When Children are Involved  News Items & Videos Current and Upcoming Projects To read click here.  

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New Safe and Together™ Model Overview Document Available

A new overview document describing the Safe and Together™ model, and its implications for child welfare, advocates and others is now available. The document includes a detailed write up of the model, descriptions of Safe and Together projects around the US and abroad and the growing body of data about […]

New videos on how the Safe and Together™ model shifts focus of child safety and risk assessment onto perpetrator

In these two clips David Mandel discusses how the Safe and Together model supports domestic violence informed child welfare practice through a focus on perpetrator’s patterns instead of survivor decision making.  To check on these and other videos on our Safe and Together model channel on YouTube click here.   […]

Recap of the National Safe & Together™ Model Symposium New Orleans May 2013

Over 90 professionals from 22 states participate in first annual National Safe & Together™ Model Symposium: Shaping Practice to Effectively Respond to Domestic Violence When Children are Involved.  Held at Hotel Monteleone in the historic French Quarter, the symposium brought together over 90 child welfare professionals, domestic violence advocates, policy […]

DMA provides training for federally funded supportive housing demonstration project in Memphis Tennessee

David Mandel just completed a one day overview of the Safe and Together model for the Community Alliance for the Homeless in Memphis Tennessee. CAH  is the lead agency for Strong Families Memphis, one of the five federal demonstration sites looking how housing stability can reduce out of home placements […]

Using a continuum of practice framework to envision and build domestic violence informed child welfare systems

by David Mandel, MA, LPC At our 2013 New Orleans National Safe and Together ™ model Symposium, David Mandel & Associates introduced a continuum of practice framework to describe the progress from a “domestic violence destructive child welfare system” to a “domestic violence proficient child welfare system”. Inspired by earlier work on […]

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Second Melbourne Australia Event for Week of November 11, 2013

David Mandel will be training in Australia in November on a trip organised by the Men’s Behavior Change organisation No to Violence (www.ntv.org.au). The trip will involve two days of training in Melbourne and two and a half days in Queensland.  He is being hosted by No To Violence, a […]

David Mandel to present five days of training in Queensland and Victoria Australia November 2013

David Mandel will be training in Australia in November on a trip organised by the Men’s Behavior Change organisation No to Violence (www.ntv.org.au). The trip will involve two days of training in Melbourne and two and a half days in Queensland.  He is being hosted by No To Violence, a […]