The following resources have been developed by the technical assistance team of the National Partnership for Child Safety to support partner jurisdictions in their efforts to integrate safety science in efforts to improve child welfare systems. They also include background and related resources that reflect innovations in child welfare.

The Reframing Childhood Adversity toolkit was created by Social Current and Prevent Child Abuse America and is based on the framing belief from the Frameworks Institute on “Reframing Childhood Adversity; Identifying Upstream Approaches.” On the website, you will find resources and assets to enable child welfare professionals to reframe childhood adversity as a public issue, a preventable issue and a solvable issue.

The NPCS Data Dictionary establishes common definitions for key terms that enable NPCS members to share data and identify trends around critical incidents with a goal of enhancing accountability and system-level improvements.

The Safe Systems Improvement Tool supports youth and family-centered, systems-focused critical incident reviews. Nationally, the SSIT is the most widely used tool for critical incident review in public child welfare.

The TeamFirst Field Guide is a curation of strategies from other safety critical, high impact fields, like healthcare. Intended to offer practical guidance for healty, coordinated teaming habits, the TeamFirst Field Guide supports an all-agency culture of safety organizing and psychological safety.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities published its final report in 2016, highlighting the potential of safety science to advance child welfare systems. That commitment to adopting a public health approach, grounded in safety science, ultimately led to the formation of the National Partnership for Child Safety.

Knowledge Briefs

Learn how applying safety science principles to critical incident and child fatality reviews can enhance system accountability.

Presenters at the National Partnership for Child Safety Collaborative describe how safety science has been applied during COVID-19.

Learn from the experiences of child welfare agency leaders who are applying the priciples of safety science within their organizations.

Technical Assistance Provided

The Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky heads the technical assistance team, led by Michael Cull, PhD. The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention at MPHI serves as the data warehouse for the partnership.