National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Future Plans

05/01/2003

Agency administrators stated that they felt they are making progress with the implementation of the Utah Practice Model, although it is going slower than expected. The practice model principles and practices are not reflected in every case handled by the agency, but for some instances the cases are reviewed with the appropriate staff member(s) to discuss how the practice model could be properly implemented. Agency administrators also stated that most of these instances occur with inexperienced staff. This internal monitoring will continue in the future.

Mentoring

Since the Practice Model has been in place for nearly 1 year, the agency also plans to work toward developing mentoring relationships between supervisors and their staff. Supervisors at the agency would receive ongoing training and would be expected to train and monitor staff members. The goal of the mentoring would be to provide a continuous learning environment to support the ongoing understanding and implementation of the practice model principles and practices. This mentoring plan is also part of the statewide implementation of the model.

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