The charge of the Community Oversight Board (COB) is to monitor the Department of Human Services’ implementation of the recommendations of the Child Welfare Review Panel (CWRP). The recommendations were designed to improve the ability of the organization to respond to child maltreatment and to increase the safety of children by:

  • Clarifying the mission and values of the organization with safety as the core function and aligning resources with the new mission
  • Improving the consistency and quality of practice by adopting new safety assessment protocols, increasing face-to-face contact with children, conducting family team conferences and clarifying roles and responsibilities of public and contract staff
  • Increasing accountability of DHS for its performance and enhancing the oversight of providers
  • Strengthening leadership by improving morale of staff, increasing transparency and communicating with the multiple stakeholders in the child protection system

Upcoming Community Oversight Board Meetings: