Safety Organized Practice (SOP)


Safety Organized Practice (SOP) is a collaborative, trauma-informed child welfare practice model that utilizes skillful engagement, meaningful partnerships with families and their networks, and development of plans that foster behavior change within a family system to ensure child safety, permanency and well-being. SOP is both a framework for practice and a set of tools and strategies that help child welfare staff achieve the practice behaviors of the Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) and California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM) with families and their networks. 

SOP emphasizes the importance of teamwork in child welfare, aligning beautifully with Child and Family Teaming (CFT) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS). In particular, SOP aims to build and strengthen partnerships with the child welfare agency and within a family by involving their informal support networks of friends and family members. A central belief of SOP is that all families have strengths. SOP uses strategies and techniques that align with the belief that a child and his or her family are the central focus, and that the partnership between the agency and the family exists in an effort to find solutions that ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for children.  

SOP is informed by an integration of practices and approaches, including solution-focused practice, Signs of Safety, Structured Decision Making, child and family engagement, risk and safety assessment research, Group Supervision and Interactional Supervision, Appreciative Inquiry, Motivational Interviewing, the Consultation and Information Sharing Framework, cultural humility, and trauma-informed practice. 

A comprehensive SOP Toolkit for counties is currently under development by the statewide SOP Backbone Committee and is anticipated to be online by the beginning of 2020.