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Building The New Paradigm:


Child protection
practice is multi-leveled. Public agencies are created and regulated by federal
and state legislation and administrative rules. Many public agencies are
further regulated by accreditation standards to which they voluntarily
subscribe. Collectively, these laws, rules, and standards are the foundation
for the basic practice level in the new child protection paradigm.


The agencies
develop or adopt criteria used to measure the success of internal programs and
services. These quantitative performance targets shape the intermediate
practice level in the new child protection paradigm.


Agencies adopt
principles they believe should govern programs and services. These are basic
truths or assumptions against which the work of the agency is judged. Only when
practice conforms to these principles is practice considered fully appropriate
and successful. This perspective shapes the advanced level in the new child
protection paradigm.
































Figure 1: The New Child Protection Paradigm


 


 

Basic Practice


 

Intermediate Practice


 

Advanced Practice


 

A.


 

Rules


 


 

Outcomes


 


 

Principles


 


 


 

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B.


 

Procedures


 


 

Continuous
Invention


 


 

Best
Practice


 


 


 

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C.


 

Bureaucracy


 


 

Empowerment


 


 

Professional
Judgment


 


 


 

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D.


 

Safety


 


 

Permanence


 


 

Sustained
Well-being


 


 


 

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E.


 

Staff-determined


 


 

Services-determined


 


 

Protocol-determined


 


 


 

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F.


 

Program-centered


 


 

Family-centered


 


 

Community-centered


 


 


 

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G.


 

Agency-focused


 


 

Network-focused


 


 

Variable
Resource-focused


 


 


 

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H.


 

Closed
Structures


 


 

Open
Structures


 


 

Dynamic
Structures


 


 


 

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I.


 

Collaboration


 


 

Partnering


 


 

Unified
Commitment


 


 


 

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J.


 

Quality
Assurance


 


 

Continuous
Quality Improvement


 


 

Values-centered
Practice


 


 


 

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K.


 

Cost


 


 

Process


 


 

Performance


 


 


 

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L.


 

Authority


 


 

Assessment
& Planning


 


 

Rights
& Responsibilities


 


 


 

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TOT


 

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SC


 

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Practice
Rating ________


Figure
1 summarizes the new child protection paradigm. The left set of elements
represents the basic practice level. The middle set of elements represents the
intermediate practice level and the right set of elements represents the
advanced practice level. The following twelve workbook sections (A-L) discuss
the new child protection paradigm in relation to the twelve element clusters
included across the rows of Figure 1.


At the end of each
section, you are invited to rate your practice, your agency, or a specific
department or program. Circle the number on the scale best characterizing where
practice currently falls along the scale.


The scale ranges
from 0 to 5. “0” indicates practice has not incorporated the first element in
the cluster and “1” indicates it has. “2” indicates the middle element is
partially but not completely integrated into practice and “3” indicates it is
fully integrated. “4” indicates the third element in the cluster is partially
but not completely integrated into practice and “5” indicates it is fully
integrated.


When you have
completed the scales at the ends of all twelve sections, here is how to find
the score for your practice, program, or agency.


  1. At the
    ends of sections A: – L:, look at the number you circled on the chart.
    Find the corresponding number in Figure 1. Put a checkmark beside that
    number.


For example, If
in section A: you circled “4” to indicate Principles are partially but not
completely integrated into practice, put a checkmark beside the “4” in the row
below “A” in Figure 1.


  1. Once
    you have put a checkmark in each of rows A: through L: in Figure 1, count
    the number of checkmarks in each column and put the total beside the appropriate
    number in the “TOT” row. That lets you see, at a glance, the number of
    checkmarks you have for each practice level across the row.
  2. On the
    TOT row, multiply each printed number by the number you entered beside of
    it. Write the answer on the appropriate blank in the “SC” row.


For example, If
you have 5 checkmarks in the “3” column in Figure 1, you put a “5” beside the
“3” in the TOT row. You multiply 3 times 5 and get 15. You then write “15”
beside the “3” in the “SC” row.


  1. Below
    Figure 1, there is a blank to record the “Practice Level.” Add together
    the numbers you have written on the “SC” row of Figure 1. Write the total
    (0 to 60) on the “Practice Level” blank. That is the current practice
    level for your practice, program, or agency. Here is how to interpret your
    rating.


0 to 20 = Basic Practice Level


21 to 40 = Intermediate Practice
Level


41 to 60 = Advanced Practice Level


(Note) In each
section, A: – L:, there are “Study Questions.” The questions reflect basic,
intermediate, and advanced practice levels. This means you may not have an
appropriate answer for some of the study questions. This is not a problem.
Simply skip any question for which you do not have an appropriate answer at
this time





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