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D: Safety <<>> Permanence <<>> Sustained Well-being

At the basic
practice level, agencies organize into those divisions or departments most
efficient for administrative purposes. The goal of the resulting structure is
to protect children who have already been abused or neglected or who are
already dependent. The focus is on arrangements and environments where children
are safe and do not experience further abuse or neglect.

Safety is best
assured at the intermediate practice level when the related arrangements and
environments are stable and persisting, i.e.,
when they are permanent. This means the outcome for each child should be such
that the basic arrangements and specific environment for the child does not
change over time. For example, a child’s having to move from one home to another
indicates the permanence outcome is not achieved.

The multi-leveled nature
of the new child protection paradigm is particularly evident in the expansion
from safety to permanence to sustained well-being. Here, sustained well-being
includes supporting and managing the physical, emotional, moral, social,
intellectual, and environmental needs, problems, and vulnerabilities of
children in ways assuring sustained progress now and indefinitely into the
future. Safety and permanence are, then, not ends but prerequisites to adequate
child protection practice.

How it works:

Safe children are of
the essence of child protection at the basic practice level. Permanence is then
necessary in order to effectively sustain the Well-being of children, with sustained
Well-being representing the over-arching goal of child protection.

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