Developing Child Welfare Practice Frameworks

This paper outlines the practice framework implementation in the County of San Diego’s Child Welfare Services (CWS) department, one of 58 county-administered departments in the state of California. In particular, it identifies the specific steps San Diego took in translating the conceptual and visionary aspects of the practice framework into observable and measurable social worker practice. CWS leadership and staff worked closely with Harder+Company Community Research to design a comprehensive implementation process that addressed all staff levels, organizational processes, and structures.