Let’s make sure our kids are being helped

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The most important reform Safe Passage advocates is an approach – statewide – that measures how well we’re helping children who are victims or vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

How would that work? It would mean that Minnesota would evaluate how well the system helps each child:

  • When a child enters child protection he or she would be assessed according to the level of trauma, behavioral or mental health issues, and physical and cognitive development.

  • Those assessments would be repeated periodically, to tell whether the child is actually improving as a result of involvement with child protection.

At the same time, we need to aggregate the results of all of these measures to evaluate whether child protection is actually effective and helping our kids.

This reform may take some time to become reality – but it’s essential if we’re going to ensure Minnesota children are safe and reach their full potential.