Safe Babies Court Teams Approach

The Safe Babies Court Teams (SBCT) approach increases knowledge among all those who work with maltreated children about the needs of infants and toddlers and how to meet the individual needs of each child and parent. Typically, judges introduce the community to the SBCT approach. They collaborate with child development specialists to create teams of child welfare and health professionals, child advocates, and community leaders. Together, the ever expanding SBCT provides tailored services to abused and neglected infants and toddlers and their parents. 

The SBCT approach is a work in progress with roots in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and ZERO TO THREE. ZERO TO THREE secured the initial funding for the first three SBCT in 2005 and has since played a key role in coordinating the work across multiple SBCT communities.

To learn more about the background and work of the SBCT, click here

To read a one-page factsheet of the SBCT, click here

To view the SBCT logic model, click here

Safe Babies Court Teams Core Components
The Safe Babies Court Teams Project has 12 core components.  These components, implemented in each Safe Babies Court Team site, are critical for the project to function effectively and successfully. 

From Standard to Practice: Guiding Principles for Professionals Working With Infants, Toddlers, and Families in Child Welfare
The QIC-CT developed the following resource that is intended to provide the reader with:

  • Guiding principles for infant-toddler court teams;
  • Questions for thoughtful consideration when implementing the principles; and
  • Vignettes that provide examples of how the principles can guide practice when working with infants, toddlers, and families involved with the child welfare system, highlighting both the strengths and challenges that are often faced by infant-toddler court teams.

Safe Babies Court Teams: Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities

From the producers of Helping Babies from the Bench: Using the Science of Early Childhood Development in Court, the Safe Babies Court Teams Project is excited to present the Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities DVD (February 2012). This product is available at the ZERO TO THREE Bookstore.