Intro to getting involved and the phases… and maybe a form to have someone help them?
A. Prepare. In this step, communities will:
- Understand the Resilient Communities: South Dakota framework
- Identify their Community, Coalition and Facilitating Team
- Collect Community Data
The first step in the Resilient Communities: South Dakota process is to indicate your intent to apply: (Button) INDICATE INTEREST HERE (Link to Form) The process towards being recognized as a South Dakota Resilient Community by the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) is time-intensive and requires dialogue and collaboration from many sectors and stakeholders. Although each community will be unique, taking these first steps will prepare you for success. After you complete steps 1-4 in Phase 1: Prepare (linked), your community will formally register and will gain access to the full technical package and the Resilient Communities: South Dakota dashboard where communities can track their process and progress.
- Identify a community coalition to jointly oversee and implement the process steps to becoming a SD Resilient Community. Reach out to your local prevention entity to learn if there is an already established coalition in your community and/or receive support in starting one. An established community coalition a pre-requisite for the Resilient Communities: South Dakota program.
- Identity a facilitating team of 3-5 individuals in your community who are informed and passionate about ending child maltreatment and increasing resiliency. At least one member of the facilitating team should also regularly attend and/or involved in the leadership of your community coalition. Ideally, each facilitating team members should be from different sectors (examples include, but are not limited to education, law enforcement, behavioral health, health care, youth serving organizations and government).
Meet Brookings Facilitating Team (3 min)
- Put faces/real people
- Let them know it’s a long process
- Pull from different sectors
- Create a list of local stakeholders to engage in the process towards being designated as a SD Resilient Communities, using this template. These stakeholders will be the leaders in your community that you will first engage in the process. Identify leaders from all sectors: education, law enforcement, behavioral health, health care, youth serving organizations, government, business, banking and other industries that are important in your community. Think of individuals who will be advocates for your work and who control resources to improve the political and social climate for collaboration. Although they may not, themselves, be the ones who serve on a task force, find the influencers and leaders who may be able to appoint representatives to attend subsequent work sessions. In Phase 2, your facilitating team will invite these stakeholders and change agents to a luncheon to introduce the Resilient Communities: South Dakota process. (The dashboard contains a template and script for the initial stakeholder luncheon.)
- Complete a Community Assessment (CPCM to clarify what they want communities to collect. Where to find? What format? Know Worksheet?) Will CPCM provide this for each community?
- As a facilitating team, complete the Self-Healing Communities training through the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the Children’s Home Society.
- Register your Community to gain access to the full technical package and the Resilient Communities: South Dakota dashboard where communities track their process and progress.To register, you will need to upload the information you collected in steps 1-5 of Phase 1: Prepare. Button: REGISTER HERE
In Phase 2 of the Resilient Communities: South Dakota process, the facilitating team will host community meetings in order to better Know, Prevent and Respond to child maltreatment in their community. This community-based participatory research uses an appreciative inquiry process, and will typically take several months. Do not rush to complete Phase 2.
Going through the process of being named a SD Resilient Community by CPCM is designed to lead communities to a greater understanding of their specific strengths and opportunities to collaborate more deeply in order to decrease child maltreatment and increase resiliency.
Once a community completes Phase 1 and formally registers, the facilitating team will gain access to the full technical package and the Resilient Communities: South Dakota dashboard. The objectives of Phase 2: Know, Prevent, Respond are listed below.
B. Know. Communities will:
increase their collective awareness of the impacts of child maltreatment and its prevalence in South Dakota and in their particular community.
C. Prevent. Communities will:
Use the evidence-based resource from the CDC and the process steps in the Resilient Communities: South Dakota toolkit to identify strengths and resources in their community
- CDC Prevention Strategies
- SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Care Document
- Social-Emotional School Based Learning Plan
Identify opportunities and strategies to prevent ACES in order to increase resiliency. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/preventingACES.pdf
D. Respond. Communities will:
Review policies, procedures and systems used to respond to child maltreatment.
Identify opportunities to ensure that the collective response to child maltreatment uses evidence-based practices to intervene and lesson future harm.
In Phase 3 of the Resilient Communities: South Dakota process, the community will develop a sustainability plan in order to continue to better Know, Prevent and Respond to child maltreatment in their community. Each community will also develop a “Resilient Community Motivator” pledge packet and will get stakeholder buy-in to sustain efforts. The Resilient Communities: South Dakota program is intended to be recursive and sustainable. Communities designated as a SD Resilient Community by CPCM will continue to have quarterly meetings, training, and evaluation methods to continue improving upon their ability to Know, Prevent and Respond to child maltreatment.
Once a community completes Phase 1 and formally registers, the facilitating team will gain access to the full technical package and the Resilient Communities: South Dakota dashboard. The objectives of Phase 3: Sustain are listed below.
E. Sustain. Communities will:
Create a community plan and pledge to ensure efforts to know, prevent and respond effectively to child maltreatment continues in their community and builds recursively.