child welfare

Stories from the 2010 Florida Dependency Summit

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director I attended the 2010 Florida Dependency Summit and, along with David Mandel and Bridget Reilly, met with various leadership staff from DCF and other agencies that’ve been trained in the Safe and Together model. There were excellent stories from these sites […]

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Creativity Aids in the Application of the Safe and Together Model

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director In order to maintain the safety and well-being of children with limited resources and  following policies and statutes which weren’t necessarily developed with domestic violence cases in mind, child welfare workers need to be creative or think outside the box.   This […]

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The language of child safety

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director Professionals who work in the domestic violence and child welfare fields use language that others outside these fields may find unusual. Terms such as fatality, safety planning, imminency, order of protection, and many others are common in our conversations but are […]

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10 item checklist about the intersection of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues

by David Mandel, MA, LPC Domestic violence frequently co-occurs with mental health and substance abuse issues.   A batterer may be diagnosed correctly or inappropriately with mental health issues.  A domestic violence survivor may also have a substance abuse problem.  A child who has been exposed to batterer’s behaviors may have […]

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Paying attention to worker safety in domestic violence cases

by Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training and Consultation Director Successful child welfare interventions with families experiencing domestic violence depends on child welfare staff feeling confident, competent, and comfortable in working with situations where violence is a possibility. As part of our Safe and Together model we discuss safety concerns and […]

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Domestic violence training for supervisors produces some positive results

by David Mandel “In child welfare cases involving domestic violence, supervision plays a critical role in determining the quality and consistency of case practice.   The expectations of supervisors and managers, as expressed through their questions and directives, determine workers’ priorities and areas of focus. Supervisors and managers make the critical […]

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Short and long term PTSD symptoms documented in child welfare workers

by David Mandel The March/April 2009 Child Welfare League of America publication Children’s Voices cited a recent study conducted by the New York Administration for Children Services in conjunction with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which found significant evidence of short and long post traumatic stress symptoms in child […]

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Batterer Intervention Programs–not yet the resource child welfare needs

by David Mandel On the eve of the national batterer intervention conference in Minneapolis this week, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between batterer intervention programs and the child welfare system. One of my serious fears as I began working with child welfare systems was that batterer accountability and intervention […]

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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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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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