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| NCCD

NCCD conducted a survey to assess system-level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by justice and child welfare agencies. The survey, open for eight weeks, was answered by 185 respondents from 20 states and Australia. Responses represented the views of staff from juvenile and adult probation and parole departments, juvenile and adult residential detention facilities (including jails and prisons at the adult level), and child welfare agencies.

Respondents were asked about their agencies’ responses to the pandemic, including safety measures taken to protect staff and clients, problems encountered and remedies employed, and needed resources. The results of the survey are presented here. A summary of the results can be found here.

| NCCD

NCCD conducted a survey to assess system-level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by justice and child welfare agencies. The survey, open for eight weeks, was answered by 185 respondents from 20 states and Australia. Responses represented the views of staff from juvenile and adult probation and parole departments, juvenile and adult residential detention facilities (including jails and prisons at the adult level), and child welfare agencies.

Respondents were asked about their agencies’ responses to the pandemic, including safety measures taken to protect staff and clients, problems encountered and remedies employed, and needed resources. A summary of the results are presented here. Additional survey results can be found here.

| NCCD

During physical distancing, more parent and child contact is taking place via videoconferencing technology. In many jurisdictions, virtual meetings are playing a crucial role to assess parents’ and children’s readiness for potential reunification. Video visits present new challenges and new opportunities. Families may be experiencing new stressors related to the coronavirus pandemic and visits over video.

| NCCD

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the juvenile and adult justice systems. Many prisons, jails, and detention facilities are taking steps to alleviate the spread of the virus by releasing individuals early. Consequently, community corrections agencies are bracing for the inevitable increase in their populations and the new challenges it will bring.

| NCCD

To support adult protective services (APS) agencies and workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, NCCD offers the following resources and best practices. These resources are not intended to replace local or agency policy, practice, or guidance.

| NCCD

Though in-person participation in family team meetings is preferred, current circumstances may necessitate remote meetings. This guidance can help child welfare agencies and family team meeting facilitators adhere to local recommendations while still using best practices for family team meetings. It is not intended to replace local policy, protocols, or guidance.

| NCCD

The supervision and support of social workers is more important than ever, as many agencies are forced to change expectations during the current crisis. This resource offers best practices to supervisors when physical distancing—between both supervisees and clients—is a reality.   

| NCCD

As much of the world goes online to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic, visits in the fields of child welfare and corrections are happening virtually rather than in person. NCCD has tips for making video visits work for children at different developmental stages.

| NCCD

NCCD has a number of resources for those who work in corrections and for other justice-oriented agencies. Find them here, and watch for regular updates.

| NCCD

The NCCD Children’s Research Center offers a number of tips for conducting safety assessment and planning during the current health care crisis.