Team Decision Making: A Better Way to Assess Child Safety [Webpage].
Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: May 24, 2017
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
This webpage explains team decision making (TDM) in child welfare services brings together parents, families, community members, and others to assess a crisis that requires consideration of out-of-home care because of child abuse and neglect and determine how best to keep the child safe. It notes TDM involves families, communities, and children in the decision making process, and shares research findings that indicate the benefits of high-quality TDM include: increased likelihood that a child who enters care will live with relatives or foster parents from the start, not in a developmentally inappropriate shelter or group setting; increased likelihood that a child will reunify with a parent or family member within a year; and decreased chances that a child will experience repeat maltreatment. The support of TDM by the Casey Foundation is discussed, as well as its pursuit of an evidence-based practice designation for TDM to support its continued growth and expand the positive outcomes it can bring to children and families.
child safety; child abuse; child neglect; safety assessment; family engagement; decision making; Family group conferencing; TEAMWORK; COOPERATIVE PLANNING