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  • Writer's pictureAnn Wrixon

5 Step Rating for Child Welfare Practices

Ann Wrixon article on child welfare research

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) is a vital resource for child welfare professionals who want to ensure that the interventions they are using are empirically proven effective. This web site funded and overseen by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) focuses on specific interventions for a wide variety of topics related to child welfare, including depression, domestic violence, case management, substance abuse. Most importantly, they have an easy to understand rating system as follows:

  1. Well-supported by research evidence

  2. Supported by research evidence

  3. Promising research evidence

  4. Evidence falls to demonstrate effect

  5. Concerning practice

NR. Not able to be rated

What is unique about CEBC is that is focuses on specific interventions used by child welfare practitioners, rather than the wider net of the Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations that focus on many academic disciplines and include policy research as well as research on

specific interventions.

According to the CEBC website, “CDSS selected the Chadwick Center for Children and Families - Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, in cooperation with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), to create the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC).”

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