Department Initiatives

The Florida Department of Children and Families Safety Methodology Steering Committee has been created with the recognition of the importance of partnering with all child welfare stakeholders. This committee provides the important forum to make sure that implementation of the Safety Methodology is on the right track.

The safety methodology has been adopted in Florida to improve our child welfare practices and will result in improved safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children. This strategic committee is being formed to guide the safety methodology from the initial implementation phases to statewide sustainability, through the Florida Abuse Hotline, Child Protective Investigations and Case Management.

The primary work of this committee will be to oversee a well-planned statewide approach to the safety methodology roll out, monitor the progress of the safety methodology implementation in the field, improve communication between partnering agencies and providers, and provide input to continuous quality improvement.

In addition to Florida Department of Children and Families members, this committee will be comprised of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds, including community-based care and provider agencies, child advocacy, law enforcement, the judicial system, the Child Protection Team, domestic violence service organizations, the Guardian Ad Litem, former foster youth and tribal communities. This diverse thinking and community expertise will help us to implement and continually refine a comprehensive strategy to best protect vulnerable children.

The committee will meet quarterly and meeting materials and location will be posted on this website in advance of each meeting. Please check back here often to stay current on committee updates.