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The Structured Decision Making® (SDM®) system is owned by the Children’s Research Center, National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), USA. It is an evidence-based decision support system used in many child protection jurisdictions across the United States, Canada, Australia and Taiwan.
The Child Protective Service (CPS) of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) worked with NCCD and partners from the education, health, social service and legal sectors in adapting the SDM® for local practice. Under the SDM® system, a suite of tools were developed and localised. These tools help in guiding decisions on when a referral to CPS is needed and are meant to support professional judgement and practice experience in carrying out decisions affecting the safety of children. The SDM® system aims to provide greater clarity in right siting intervention for children along the continuum of child protection concerns.
The Sector-Specific Screening Guide (SSSG) is part of the SDM®. It is an evidence-based tool which guides professionals working with children to make decisions on whether a child protection concern needs to be reported to CPS. The SSSG is used by frontline professionals who have contact with children on a regular basis and guides professionals on whether the concern should be discussed with someone in the organisation who is more familiar with child protection issues.

This e-learning module aims to introduce learners to the Sector-Specific Screening Guide (SSSG) and its role in the reporting and screening process by helping professionals sort concerns into those that should be further assessed for reporting consideration and those that require other action or no action at all. It also provides participants with opportunities to practice using the tool with case scenarios.

*As of December 1, 2020, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) was renamed Evident Change
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
Explain the purpose of SSSG in the context of child protection.
Explain the relationship between SSSG, CARG and the Screening and Response Priority Tool (SRPT).
Identify the area of concern and items specific to the different sectors in accordance to SSSG.
Target Audience / Pre-requisites

Target audience includes teachers, childcare educators, doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, social service practitioners, police and other professionals from health, education, social service and legal sectors who interact with children and young persons on a regular basis.