Strategy: Shared Decision Making

Community Partnerships are founded on the principle of shared responsibility for the safety of children. Partnerships are guided by organized shared decision making committees that include a wide range of community members from the following groups:

• public and private child welfare and juvenile justice

• parents and youth, including those with prior system involvement

• education and early childhood

• physical and mental health

• domestic violence and substance abuse

• volunteers, non-profit, and faith-based

• law enforcement and legal

• local government

• business and civic

Parents, youth and the Department of Human Services are essential players in the collaborative work of local Partnerships.


These decision making groups are engaged in assessing and responding to the needs of children and families in the community. This includes planning, implementing and evaluating the strategies and activities of the local Partnership. The group is also responsible for educating their local community about the importance and community benefits of children’s safety and well-being.

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