Governing Values and Principles
PENNSYLVANIA CHILD WELFARE PRACTICE MODEL
  
Outcomes: Children, youth, families, child welfare representatives and other child and family service partners participate as team members with shared community responsibility to achieve and maintain the following:
  • Safety from abuse and neglect.
  • Enduring and certain permanence and timely achievement of stability, supports and lifelong connections. 
  • Enhancement of the family’s ability to meet their child/youth’s wellbeing, including physical, emotional, behavioral and educational needs.
  • Support families within their own homes and communities through comprehensive and accessible services that build on strengths and address individual trauma, needs and concerns. 
  • Strengthened families that successfully sustain positive changes that lead to safe, nurturing and healthy environments. 
  • Skilled and responsive child welfare professionals, who perform with a shared sense of accountability for assuring child-centered, family-focused policy, best practice and positive outcomes. 
Values and Principles: Our values and principles will be consistently modeled at every level and across partnerships. We believe in… 
  • Children, Youth and Families
    • Children and youth have the right to live in a safe, nurturing and stable family.
    • Families are the best place for children and youth to grow up.
    • Family connections are maintained whenever possible.
    • All families have strengths.
    • Families come in all shapes and sizes and family defines family.
    • Families are experts on themselves, are involved in decision making, and are willing to drive change.
  • Community
    • Community is broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, families, neighbors, volunteers, spiritual, educational, medical, behavioral health and legal partners. ◦Natural partnerships must exist within a community to promote prevention, protection, well-being and lifelong connections.
  • Honesty 
    • Honesty serves as the basis for building trusting relationships.
    • Honesty is not only telling the truth, but also sharing information, clarifying roles and responsibilities and transparent decision making.
    • Honesty is an open and consistent exchange of communication in a way that everyone can understand.
  • Cultural awareness and responsiveness
    • Culture is respected, valued and celebrated.
    • Culture is broadly defined. This includes but is not limited to families’ beliefs, values, race, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, history, tribe, religion/spirituality/affiliations, sexual orientation and language.
    • Cultural identity is explored with the family. Each child, youth and family is served with sensitivity within their unique context.
  • Respect
    • Everyone has their own unique perspective, the right to be heard and contribute to their success.
      Every individual is treated with dignity and consideration.
  • Teaming
    • Children, youth and families are best served through a team approach with shared responsibilities. All team members have a role and voice. Involving the child, youth, family and extended support networks as active members of the team empowers the family.
    • Teams are strength-based and collaborate toward common goals.
    • Teams change as needed to include all formal and informal supports and resources.
    • Team members are accountable for their actions, keeping commitments and following through with agreed upon responsibilities. 
Organizational Excellence:  
  • Engaging children, youth and families, as an involved part of an accepting and empathetic team who can confront difficult issues, will effectively assist in the process toward positive change.
  • Advocating for and empowering children, youth, families and communities strengthen the organization.
  • Building, supporting and retaining a qualified, skilled and committed workforce whose own well being and safety are valued is essential.
  • Responsible allocation and management of resources demonstrates accountability.
  • Quality practice is assured by consistently monitoring and improving performance through critical self reflection and accountability.
  •  Skills: To achieve our desired outcomes and commitment to these values and principles, demonstration of the following skills is essential across all aspects of the child welfare system.
  • Engaging: Effectively establishing and maintaining a relationship with children, youth, families and all other team members by encouraging their active role and voice and successfully accomplishing sustainable shared goals.
  • Teaming: Engaging and assembling the members of the team, including the family, throughout all phases of the change process and based on current needs and goals. Teaming is defining and demonstrating a unified effort, common purpose and clear roles and responsibilities that support positive change.
  • Assessing and Understanding: Gathering and sharing information so the team has a common big picture of the strengths, challenges, needs and underlying issues. Assessing includes thinking critically and using information to keep the team’s understanding current and comprehensive.
  • Planning: Applying information gathered through assessment and monitoring to develop an individualized well reasoned sequence of strategies and supports to achieve the agreed upon goals.
  • Implementing: Actively performing roles to ensure the formal and informal resources, supports and services, identified in the plan, occur in a timely manner and with sufficient intensity, frequency and sequence to produce sustainable and beneficial results.
  • Monitoring and Adjusting: Continuously analyzing and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the plan implementation and modifying accordingly in response to the changing successes and needs until goals are achieved.