Child Safety


Study: Most Unexpected Infant Suffocation Deaths Occur in Unsafe Sleep Conditions

The great majority of infants who unexpectedly suffocated and died in their sleep in recent years were bedded in unsafe sleeping conditions, according to a new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that underscores decades-old public health guidelines.

What Child Welfare Can Learn from the Recovery Community


Building A Respectful Approach to Child Safety

In child welfare we are prone to distraction. Through the decades we’ve become excited by multiple trends and legislation addressing safety, family preservation and permanency, assuming they would resolve the complexities of our work with families.



A Conversation on Race and the Child Welfare System in the United States

Since the nation witnessed the murder of George Floyd at the hands of members of law enforcement, it has been hard to contain the sorrow and  anger. As he called out for his deceased mother, he spoke to every mother across this nation who has struggled to keep her child safe.

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New York City Official Demands a Plan After Child Known to Child Welfare Agency Dies

A prominent New York City official fired off a scathing letter last week to the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner David Hansell, alleging that his agency had failed to enact urgent reforms.


Philip Browning Reflects on Running L.A.’s Sprawling Child Welfare System

This week, the head of the nation’s largest child protection agency surprised his staff and the broader child welfare community by announcing his retirement. Philip Browning has served as director of the Los Angeles County’s sprawling Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for five years, the second-longest stint in the agency’s 32-year history.


A Three-Branch Approach to Child Welfare Reform

When the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released its groundbreaking report this past March, it helped launch a national dialogue about child safety, and most importantly, shifted the current narrative around maltreatment-related fatalities in a significant way.


    L.A. County Debates Role of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection

    A June 30 report calling for the termination of Los Angeles County’s experimental public health nurse program has sparked a rich debate about the role of such nurses in child abuse investigations.


    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Surveys Differential Response

    This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief about the efficacy of differential response (DR) and child safety in six states that have implemented this child protection strategy for over ten years.


    Safe Gun Storage May Keep Kids Alive, but Laws Vary by State

    Last week, a 6-year-old boy in Indiana accidentally shot and killed his father with a .38-caliber revolver left unattended on a nearby table. He ran out of the house, distressed and sobbing.