Domestic Violence Informed Child Welfare Systems

The Safe and Together™ model and Alternative Response: The Intersectionality of Perpetrator’s Patterns and Substance Use

By David Mandel, MA, LPC Domestic violence and substance abuse co-occur in both the alternative response and traditional response pathways. Despite this day-to-day contact many in the child welfare system have with families experiencing both domestic violence and substance abuse, the understanding of the intersectionality of these issues is still […]

Are we measuring safety or hope when we measure protective capacities?

by Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training Director I’ve been reading a lot about protective efforts and how we assess domestic violence survivors’ capacity for protecting their children. Different assessment tools look at different things, such as “Does the victim recognize threats?” or “Is the victim willing to make plans to […]

Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute Participant Shares Changes in Practice

The feedback we have received from Advocacy Institute participants in Florida has been overwhelmingly positive, and in many ways has even exceeded our expectations. Many of the participants have indicated an increase in their confidence in working with child welfare and voiced increased skills in working with child welfare-involved clients. […]

Video Clip from 1st National Safe and Together Model Symposium: Plenary Session: David Mandel 3

As part of the lead up to October’s 2nd National Safe and Together Model Symposium in Seattle, we will occasionally be publishing video from last year’s Symposium in New Orleans.In this clip, David answers a question from the audience about how to best reach out to child welfare after attending […]

CAPTA, a perpetrator pattern-based approach and domestic violence informed child welfare systems

By David Mandel, MA, LPC In the beginning of May 2014, David Mandel & Associates will be presenting as part of a team at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect in New Orleans.  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be hosting the […]

DMA Introduces Safe and Together Model Practice Tool Training at the National Differential Response Conference

During the week of October 21, 2013 David Mandel and Kristen Selleck presented at the 8th Annual Differential Response Conference hosted by the Kempe Center. The conference took place in beautiful Vail, Colorado. The Kempe Center is an international leader in child abuse prevention and is committed to supporting the […]

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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