California Safety Organized Practice Conference

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Strengthening Context, Culture and Connections


The goal of this conference is to bring together California counties that are implementing Safety Organized Practice (SOP) to deepen their practice and share their experiences in the interest of collaborative learning and continuous quality improvement. This event will offer two training tracks—one designed for direct practitioners in child welfare with a focus on work with children and families, and another designed for child welfare leaders with a focus on implementation, sustainability and organizational climate.

This FREE conference is presented by the Northern Academy at UC Davis and the SOP Backbone Committee, and is supported by funding from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The SOP Backbone Committee is a collaborative workgroup that takes a statewide collective impact approach to implementation and fidelity of SOP in California. The Committee is made up of members from CDSS, the Regional Training Academies (Northern, Southern, Bay Area and Central), CalSWEC, Casey Family Programs, and county representatives from each region. The Northern Academy has primary responsibility for Committee coordination.

What to Expect at the 2021 Conference

We’re putting together a two-day event filled with inspiring keynote presenters, more than two dozen workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Over the course of this the conference, we will:

  • Explore strategies for rigor and depth of practice across the child welfare case continuum, from Emergency Response through Permanency
  • Share strategies and tools to support the implementation and sustainability of SOP
  • Examine the current landscape of SOP, including integration with the Integrated Core Practice Model, Child and Family Teaming, CANS, and more
  • Examine fidelity and evaluation tools and outcomes

Keynote Speakers and Presentations

Learn more about the conference keynote speakers and presentations.

Conference Program Agenda

Review the conference agenda here.

Conference Workshops

Learn more about the workshops and their presenters here. As we add and finalize workshops, we will update the conference program agenda as more information is available.

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