Safety Organized Practice

Safety Organized Practice (SOP) is a collaborative practice approach that emphasizes the importance of teamwork in child welfare. SOP aims to build and strengthen partnerships with the child welfare agency and within a family by involving their informal support networks of friends and family members. A central belief of SOP is that all families have strengths. SOP uses strategies and techniques that align with the belief that a child and his or her family are the central focus, and that the partnership exists in an effort to find solutions that ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for children. Safety Organized Practice is informed by an integration of practices and approaches, including:

  • Solution-focused practice
  • Signs of Safety
  • Structured Decision Making
  • Child and family engagement
  • Risk and safety assessment research
  • Group Supervision and Interactional Supervision
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Consultation and Information Sharing Framework
  • Cultural Humility
  • Trauma-Informed Practice

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The connection between SOP and California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CAPM)

The values and principles, of which CAPM is comprised of, mirror those of SOP. In addition, both promote practices that facilitate the building of positive relationships between child welfare organizations and achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for the children, youth and families being served. CCTA has developed a guide, along with other training curriculum and materials to equip counties and their child welfare professionals to integrate these practices into a seamless practice model as illustrated in the above.

For more information on how to access Safety Organized Practice training, please contact your Regional Training Coordinator and/or Field Based Trainer.