The Child Welfare Partners Committee (CWPC) was established in December 2008, and is comprised of a Steering Committee and various work groups. The Steering Committee provides overall guidance and leadership to the partners work groups. The Steering Committee and work groups focus on the full range of child welfare contracted services.
The CWPC Steering Committee sets the tone for the collaborative public-private work groups and ensures coordination of messages, activities, and products with those of other stakeholder groups. The CWPC will act on work group recommendations, test new practices/strategies, and continually evaluate and, as needed, refine its approaches.
The Steering Committee and its work groups will include both Contractor (private) and DHS (public) representatives. Private representatives will reflect both Coalition and Non-Coalition members. The Steering Committee will have seven each of public and private members, the work groups will vary and will often include stakeholders from other sectors based on the specific work group focus.
Both the public and private child welfare agencies have critical roles to play in meeting the needs of Iowas children and families. A stronger public-private partnership is essential to achieve positive results. The children and families we jointly serve deserve no less than our best collaborative effort.
The combined experience and perspective of public and private agencies provide the best opportunity to reach our mutual goals: child safety, permanency and well-being for Iowas children and families. Collaboration and shared accountability will keep the focus on child welfare outcomes.
OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE
This committee exists because both public and private agencies recognize the need for a strong partnership. The Child Welfare Partners Committee will promote, practice and model the way for continued collaboration and quality improvement.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The Partners Steering Committee and Work Groups will operate in a manner that is consistent with the following guiding principles:
- Courtesy & Respect
- Honesty & Confidentiality
- Balance competing priorities & manage inevitable conflicts of interest
- Strive for consensus
- Present a united front
In December 2012, the CWPC developed a two year plan to continue through the strategic planning process to create a long term, more sustainable strategic plan to include major state initiatives.
PARTNERSHIP INDICATORS AND SURVEY RESULTS
As part of its 2012 strategic plan, the CWPC developed a list of partnership indicators that were believed to define what a good partnership should look like. The next step was to collect baseline data on our existing partnership. By gathering a baseline, it allows us to identify areas in which we need to concentrate efforts to improve partnership. An online survey was developed and distributed to DHS staff, including Service Area Managers, Social Work Administrators, Child Protective Workers, and Social Work Case Managers as well as Child Welfare Service Contractor Administrators/Directors including their supervisory and front line staff. The purpose of the survey was to assess the current level of partnership and provide us the baseline to determine if public/private partnerships have strengthened over time. Additional surveys will be distributed in the future to track improvement.
In March 2014, an online survey was developed and distributed to external stakeholders, including Judges, County Attorneys, Guardian ad Litems, Parents Attorneys, Public Defenders, Tribal Courts, Juvenile Court Chiefs, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Foster Care Review Boards, and Decategorization Coordinators. The purpose of this survey was to assess whether we are making progress in our local partnerships by assessing awareness of the functioning of the public and private efforts to achieve outcomes. Additional surveys will be distributed in the future to track improvement.
CHILD WELFARE PARTNERS COMMITTEE MEETING NOtes
WORKGROUPS AND WORKGROUP PRODUCTS
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