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How can we enhance child welfare agencies' decisionmaking strategies?

Improving decisionmaking practices in child welfare agencies

Poorly designed and overtaxed child protection systems do not enable staff to make the best decisions to protect children and teens from abuse and neglect.

On the Frontline (OTF) is an initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group. It is a front-end effort to enhance a child welfare agency’s organizational capacity to improve decisionmaking practices and, ultimately, improve child safety.

According to OTF, strengthening the front end of the child welfare system involves implementing 3 concurrent strategies:

  • Build a strong workforce
  • Strengthen system decisionmaking
  • Strengthen worker decisionmaking

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