Oct 30, 2015
DENVER – Oct. 30, 2015 – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the creation of a child safety net subcommittee under the Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet and initiated the transition of the Child Safety Net Impact Team to the new subcommittee. The announcement, made during Mayor Hancock’s visit a gathering of the Child Safety Net Impact Team at Denver Human Services (DHS), institutionalizes the functions of the new Children’s Cabinet Child Safety Net Subcommittee as the group charged with continuing the work to make the city better informed and coordinated around the protection of Denver’s children.
“Our Child Safety Net Impact Team was charged with taking a critical eye toward our practices, and they delivered on many levels. But we recognize that there is still much more work to be done,” Mayor Hancock said. “I want to thank everyone who has taken part in this effort for their commitment to intensifying the city’s work to protect our children, and I look forward to seeing this progress continue under the new Children’s Cabinet subcommittee.”
The Child Safety Net Impact Team brought together members of the city’s safety net agencies including the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman, and several community, nonprofit and other agencies. Formed this year as part of what the Mayor called “a wake-up call” for the city to address child abuse and neglect, the team began work early in the summer and announced their Phase 1 immediate action recommendations on Aug. 26.
The Phase 1 recommendations included:
Today marks the beginning of the transition the independent task force into a more permanent subcommittee under the direction of Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet, as originally proposed in the Phase 1 recommendations. The move will ensure the work of the Child Safety Net Impact Team will endure with ongoing monitoring and coordination of the city’s child safety net, implementation of Phase II and III recommendations from the new Children’s Cabinet Child Safety Net Subcommittee, and continued advice and counsel to the Mayor on matters related to the protection of our youngest citizens.
“An incredible amount of work was accomplished in a short period of time,” said Erin Brown, the executive director of the Denver Office of Children’s Affairs, the office that will now oversee the new Children’s Cabinet Child Safety Net Subcommittee. “The comprehensive approach of the Children’s Cabinet allows us, as policy makers, to look at a multitude of experiences that shape the future outcomes of Denver’s children.
Next steps for the new Children’s Cabinet Child Safety Net Subcommittee included determination of chair and co-chair positions and convening the first meeting of the subcommittee to define meeting structure.
About Denver Human Services
Denver Human Services provides assistance, protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance. Protection and Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming including veterans’ services, homeless services, and substance abuse awareness campaigns. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.
The Office of Children's Affairs, formerly known as the Mayor's Office for Education and Children, was established in 1995 to advocate for children and youth in the City and County of Denver from birth to young adulthood. The Office of Children's Affairs is dedicated to ensuring Denver’s children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten, and prepared for academic and professional success. We do not provide direct services, rather we work with other city agencies and community partners to increase access, increase participation, and improve the quality of programs and services for all of Denver’s children and youth. For more information, visit https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/office-of-childrens-affairs.html.