Developing a set of practice and performance standards for child welfare practices across the entire service array process is one of the tasks of practice model development. Agencies that have taken on this task have typically broken down standards into sets of “overarching standards” for tasks that go across the service
array (for example “documentation”) and “practice standards” for specific areas of practice that have nuanced behaviors (for example “screening”).
Some Agencies have gone further and developed “organizational standards” for tasks that the agency would be performing beyond practice (for example “staff development”) that impacts performance related to the practice model and achievement of desired outcomes.
Below is a chart of tasks or activities that agencies have developed performance standards for when developing a child welfare practice model.
Following the chart are some sample performance standards provided as examples of standards for organizations to review as they develop their own set of performance standards.