Center for Innovation in Population Health Assists in National Partnership for Child Safety

November 17, 2021

The Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health heads the technical assistance team, led by Dr. Michael Cull, in the newly-formed National Partnership for Child Safety (NPCS).


NPCS was formed by child welfare leaders in an effort to improve child safety and realign child welfare toward a more preventative child and family well-being system. The mission of NPCS is to improve child safety and prevent child maltreatment and fatalities by strengthening families and promoting innovations in child protection. The partnership currently has 26 member jurisdictions across 24 states, covering 50% of all children in public child welfare.


Supported by Casey Family Programs, NPCS is a quality improvement collaborative formed to further key recommendations and findings of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, which highlighted the importance and impact of safety science and data sharing to system change and reform.


Dr. Cull and his team work with partners around the world and represent 25 plus years of clinical and research pexperience in public child welfare, systems-theoretical approaches to critical incident review, and systems improvement. They are authors of the Safe Systems Improvement Tool and the TeamFirst Field Guide for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Child Welfare Teams. The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention at MPHI will serve as the data warehouse for the partnership.


To read the full release on the NPCS, visit Child Welfare Leaders from Across the Country Join Together to Form National Partnership for Child Safety (