Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety

Our Vision 

Develop a coordinated and collaborative approach to children's service in Hillsborough County. Assuring that children, youth and families live in a safe and stable environment, while applying effective use of resources and programs. To engage a broad array of community partners to work together to meet the needs of Hillsborough County's children. Create a foundation for relationships between partner agencies by eliminating any duplication of services, and utilizing resources in the most efficient and effective manner.

Objectives

  • Map coordination and collaboration between existing resources and programs that effectively meet the needs of children and families.
  • Determine the current level of investment in services for Hillsborough County's children and family services.
  • Evaluate the community environment, identify the gaps in services to children and families.
  • Collaboration between agencies to prepare staff of County departments, community-based organizations, foster and kinship care providers and family members to work together.
  • Shared planning facilitated through existing structure (or other County departments, agencies, etc.)
  • Inter-agency teamwork, information sharing, coordinated training and capacity development should be strengthened to assure that families experience continuity of care across first, second and third levels of prevention and intervention services whenever possible.

Resources

The Committee is comprised of public, corporate and non-profit community members. Meetings are held monthly in Conference Room AB at County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602.

Documents

Templates

Model of Services

Data and Analytics
  • Have knowledge of protective factors and skills to help families build them
  • Change their approach to relationships with parents
  • Disparate Databases
  • No uniform data gathering techniques
  • Lack of predictive analytics
Core Functions
  • Build parent partnerships
  • Deepen knowledge and understanding
  • Shift practice, policy and systems
  • Ensure accountability
Program Practice
  • Shift organization culture to value and build upon families' strengths
  • Make policy changes to support changes in worker practice
  • Implement everyday actions that support families in building protective factors
Challenges
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children
Results
  • Strengthened families
  • Optimal child development
  • Reduced the likelihood of child abuse, neglect and death