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Community Partnerships: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment
This manual reflects the widespread recognition that coordinated multidisciplinary responses are needed to address the complex needs of today's children and families. It offers guidance on how diverse community agencies, organizations, and individuals can join together to provide a web of support for families and create safe, healthy environments for children to thrive. The manual describes the benefits of community partnerships, outlines the steps to establishing and sustaining partnerships, and provides information on how to measure results. It also describes ways in which child protective services can adapt their practices to engage families' natural support systems and increase community involvement in child protection. The importance of responsive, family-centered approaches is underscored throughout the manual. The appendices provide valuable resources, including checklists, sample forms, and success stories.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Purpose and Overview
CHAPTER 2 Community Partnerships: What and Why
CHAPTER 3 Building and Sustaining the Foundation for a Community Partnership
CHAPTER 4 Partnering with Child Protective Services
CHAPTER 5 Measuring the Results of a Community Partnership
APPENDIX A Glossary of Terms
APPENDIX B Resource Listings for Selected National Organizations Concerned with Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX C State Telephone Numbers for Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX D Reference Guide for Identifying Possible Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX E Examples of Community Partnerships
APPENDIX F Partnerships with the Courts
APPENDIX G The Collaboration Checklist
APPENDIX H Potential Community Collaboration Partners1
APPENDIX I Memorandum of Understanding1
APPENDIX J Managing Conflict1
APPENDIX K Cultural Sensitivity When Working with Families1
APPENDIX L Funding Resources for Community Partnerships
APPENDIX M Community Partnership Self-Assessment1
APPENDIX N Faith-based Organizations and Community Involvement
APPENDIX O Child Welfare Practice Comparison: Conventional, Family-centered, and Community-centered1
APPENDIX P Sample Consent Form
APPENDIX Q Systems of Care Values and Principles1
APPENDIX R Sample Evaluation Implementation Plan
APPENDIX S Community Partnership Resources
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2010). Community partnerships: Improving the response to child maltreatment. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway.