New caseworkers attending a Fundamentals of Colorado Casework Practice class got a surprise visitor last week. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock stopped in to say “Hi” to the class and its facilitator, Metro Regional Training Coordinator Sean Hirro.

The Mayor’s visit followed his meeting with members of the Child Safety Net Impact Steering Committee. The Mayor expressed his deep appreciation for the committee’s accomplishments.

Mayor Hancock created the committee three months ago and challenged the group to develop “quick fix” ideas to prevent serious harm to Denver’s most vulnerable children, ages birth – 5.

CDHS Training Manager Ann "Mimi" Scheuermann, CWTS Project Director Kasey Matz, and CWTS partner Anne Comstock, Executive Director of the Butler Institute for Families, served on the committee’s Training Subcommittee.

As a result of the committee’s work

  • all Denver city and county employees are now required to participate in CWTS’s Mandatory Reporter Training.
  • Denver Health Medical Center is providing medical expertise within Denver’s referral and assessment decision-making process.
  • Denver County Human Services has placed child welfare workers within four Denver County elementary schools— those yielding the highest number of reports of child abuse and neglect.
  • Denver County Human Services staff members are reaching out and educating community members, partners, and stakeholders about how to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect.