Leadership in Child Protection
When children's parents fail to appropriately and adequately care for them, their safety, permanence, and well-being become the community's responsibility. No single individual or agency can meet this extraordinarily complex challenge alone. The levels of creativity, continuous improvement, flexibility, informed judgment, adaptive change, and leadership required to protect your community's children do not reside within any single person or organization.
Leadership in Child Protection is, thus, not merely a matter of acquiring a fixed set of leadership skills and then working to perfect those skills. Rather, the knowledge, strategies, and competencies presented in this book are transformational at the individual, agency, and community levels. Not only will you realize a higher level of personal leadership excellence, your agency and your community will, through your commitment and contribution, become centers of excellence for safer children and stronger families.
At the community leadership level, you learn strategies and techniques for strategic planning, strategic communication, public value creation, authorization development, and operational capacity building. This dimension of leadership is presented within the context of the community's Children's Safety Net and a research-based understanding of the public's perceptions of and expectations for child protection. Included is a family based, neighborhood centered practice model that incorporates and applies the key community leadership concepts and skills.
At the agency leadership level, you learn strategies and approaches for moving your agency toward being more mission driven, externally oriented, and opportunity seeking. Included are successful approaches to staff development, internal and external public relations, working with the media and interacting with reporters, agency self-evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.
At the personal leadership level, you learn critical concepts, techniques, and skills required to initiate and sustain the levels of adaptive change required to achieve the transformational shift from business-as-usual to an agency and community committed to doing the right things right, the first time, on time, every time, one child at a time. Within the context of adaptive leadership and personal excellence, successful approaches to team building, empowerment oriented management, proactive personal style development, and interpersonal effectiveness are presented for your consideration and day-to-day use in the real world of child protection.
Just as protecting your community's children is not exclusively the work of one individual or one agency, the information, concepts, strategies, skills, and techniques presented in this book are not the exclusive domain of child protection professionals, either public or private. Rather they are essential tools for every participant in the Children's Safety Net that each community develops and maintains to assure safety, permanence, and long-term success for its most vulnerable children and families. No longer is it acceptable to know better than we do. Instead, we must commit to excellence at the individual, agency, and community levels to achieve the quality outcomes our children deserve and must have, no exceptions, no excuses.
Leadership in Child Protection, through practical examples and real-world illustrations, helps you incorporate the tools you need to pursue your journey toward leadership excellence.
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Leadership In Child Protection: Trainer's Guide
The Trainer's Guide for Leadership in Child Protection provides step-by-step instructions for in-service training activities for both agency staff and community professionals who work within the Children's Safety Net.
The training materials can be effectively used to increase and expand internal leadership and as part of a broader strategy for community development focusing on safer children and stronger families.
Using a training-of-trainers model, the sixteen-hour curriculum guide is divided into five content areas:
1. Introduction and Overview of Materials
2. Community Leadership
3. Agency Leadership
4. Individual Leadership
5. Handouts and other visual aids.
At the community leadership level, the Trainer's Guide shows you the most productive approaches for training others to:
1. Implement well-tested approaches to strategic planning, including creating collective visions, stakeholder mapping, and determining priorities
2. Innovate through strategic communications
3. Incorporate research-based information to drive decision-making
4. Create public value for the Children's Safety Net
5. Ensure the Children's Safety Net flourishes in their communities
6. Increase the success of community-based initiatives by incorporating key community leadership concepts and skills
At the agency leadership level, the Trainer's Guide provides you with well-tested strategies for training people to:
1. Move their agencies toward being mission driven, externally oriented, and opportunity seeking
2. Empower staff leadership at all levels of the organization
3. Interact successfully with the media
4. Develop an agency-specific public relations plan
5. Improve their agencies through self-evaluation
At the individual leadership level, the Guide teaches you how to train others to:
1. Recognize the knowledge, skills, and characteristics of adaptive leaders
2. Assess participants' current leadership capacity
3. Expand personal leadership skills using the Excellent Systems Model
The Trainer's Guide is published in a three ring binder format and includes one copy of the manual: Leadership In Child Protection.
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