Safe and Together Model

(David Mandel & Associates LLC)

The Safe and Together Model is a field-tested approach to helping child welfare and its partners in making good decisions for children impacted by domestic violence perpetrators. Drawing on his more than two decades worth of experience in the field, David Mandel developed the model to help child welfare professionals improve competencies in working with families impacted by domestic violence. Being used in over 10 states, the Safe and Together Model consists of a set of assumptions, principles and critical components that when utilized in domestic violence cases, help to improve identification, assessment, documentation, case-planning, decision making, and cross systems collaboration and communication. The Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) and FCADV have both partnered with David Mandel & Associates to provide training & technical assistance to child welfare professionals and domestic violence advocates throughout the state.

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