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Standards for Child Protective Services
These resources provide guidance on critical elements and standards for child protective services systems, including State and local examples.
CWLA Standards of Excellence for Services for Abused or Neglected Children and Their Families
Child Welfare League of America (1999)
Outlines a system of best practices to be used as goals for continuous improvement of child protective services systems. The standards address services to be provided, social work practice, the role of the community, cooperation with civil and criminal justice systems, program organization and administration, and child placement.
Safety Intervention Policy Standards and Agency Self-Assessment (PDF - 274 KB)
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (2007)
Provides policy standards to assist agencies in assessing the quality, precision, and clarity of safety intervention and its relevance to caseworkers and supervisors on the front lines.
State and local examples
Child Protective Services: Safety Intervention Standards (PDF - 167 KB)
Wisconsin Division of Children and Family Services
Explains Wisconsin child protective services safety intervention standards. Standards are provided for issues such as assessing and controlling present danger threats, safety in out-of-home placement, and safety management during initial assessment and investigation.