The field of public child welfare defines how to effectively deliver services to children, youth, and families. The practice model includes the following elements: desired outcomes, principles, theory of change, evidence informed practice, process and quality of care, and service array.
The field of public child welfare has an obligation to behaviorally define and model the basic values of performance with regard to the services provided to children, youth, and families. These values should be relevant to all workers regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve.
Theory of Change
The field of public child welfare articulates the underlying beliefs and assumptions that guide the delivery of services to produce change and improvement in the lives of children, youth, and families.
Evidence Informed Practice
The field of public child welfare shall follow best practice standards and make appropriate decisions based on the best available research. When specific research is not available to guide practice, practice standards should be based on the best available information and clearly articulated values that reflect the principles of the practice model. All practice standards should include measurable indicators and be consistently monitored and evaluated.
Process and Quality of Care
The field of public child welfare shall develop and expand the use of “best practices” so each child, youth, and family receives the most effective and efficient delivery of service designed to maximize individual functioning and promote community strength and stability. The developmental life cycle of the child, youth and family must be considered in the delivery of services.
ld of public child welfare shall provide a range of available services and access to the services necessary to meet
the needs of the target population being served.