Safety Organized Practice
The Division of Children and Family Services is excited to announce the introduction of a new practice model that will assist caseworkers when they work with children and families.
Safety Organized Practice (SOP) is a practice model designed to help child welfare staff use critical thinking and build good working relationships with families to improve child safety. SOP combines practices from solution focused techniques, Signs of Safety®, trauma-informed practice, Structured Decision Making™, and cultural humility to provide child welfare staff with values, principles, and tools.  
 SOP has several key features:
  1. It is a collaborative practice that focuses on teamwork. 
  2. It aims to build and strengthen the partnership between the agency and the family.
  3. It involves the family's informal supports and builds on their strengths.
  4. It uses strategies and techniques that support the child and the family being the main focus.
  5. The partnership between the family and agency is key to ensuring safety, permanency and well-being.
To learn more, please review the Safety Organized Practice Overview.
DCFS also presented on SOP at several sites throughout the state. For more information on these presentations, please review the Safety Organized Practice PowerPoint or watch the Presentation.
For questions on SOP and its implementation please contact the Division of Children and Family Services at:
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