Partners in Child Protection: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Assessment in Child Welfare

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This chapter describes the Partners in Child Protection (PICP) project, a partnership between a university-based trauma center and public child welfare designed to utilize state-of-the-art assessment technologies to promote safety, well-being, and permanency for maltreated children and their families. The PICP project acts as an active implementation driver toward trauma-informed care integration in a complex, dynamic environment and is described as an example of how child welfare systems can partner with community agencies to achieve this goal. The following discussion provides an overview of the project, the assessment protocols utilized, and the implementation strategies applied to support and maintain the partnership. The PICP program is an innovation first conceptualized by child welfare leadership and its university partner almost two decades ago, and functions as a decision-making support system (a key organizational driver) that informs competency building in the area of training, coaching, and consultation. In times of transition or change, these strong implementation drivers put in place by PICP act in a compensatory manner to sustain the partnership and keep the quality of case planning and decision-making high. The chapter describes these protocols as well as evidence of successful implementation, implementation challenges, and strategies that can be replicated by child welfare agencies with local mental health partners in other contexts. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationTrauma Informed Child Welfare Practice
EditorsVirginia Strand, Ginny Sprang
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
StatePublished - 2018


  • trauma
  • child protection


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