How does the Safe and Together™Model Act as a Framework for Collaboration?

The Safe and Together™ model provides an opportunity for community partners to use shared language and shared trust in each others’ skills to assess safety, risk and needs for families. In addition, the critical components of the model can be utilized as a guide for multi-disciplinary collaborative meetings. Advocates, child welfare professionals and other community partners can work together, building off of the Safe and Together critical components and a common understanding of informational needs to begin discussions about cases, interventions and clients.  For example, in one community, the Safe and Together model was used as a framework for examining systems’ responses in case that involved a domestic violence homicide. Advocates involved in the case reported that the Safe and Together framework allowed a potentially challenging and tense situation to remain focused and productive.

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