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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Ways to keep calm and think clearly, in order to stay safe and make the best possible decisions about how to help families.
How to assess and prepare for potential violence when working with families.
How to prevent violence during family visits and between sessions.
How to stay safe when traveling to and from families’ homes.
What to do when you are concerned about a child, balanced against family preservation.
Detailed checklists and other tools, including what to consider in calling a family before the first session, solution-focused questions, anger management techniques and more.
This guide present the challenges, tools and skills related to safety for e veryone concerned with helping families in their homes and neighborhoods. That said, these materials present the most conservative approaches to worker safety; the guide does not anticipate that frontline workers will need them all, except in rare instances. Table of Contents
Ensuring Child Safety and Welfare
Most family workers believe that even the most troubled families have the potential to
raise their children safely and successfully. At the same time, we are obliged to put the safety and welfare of children above all else. In doing so, family workers may need to rely on a number of methods to help prevent endangering themselves or compromise the safety of children.
Findings & Stats
People who most effectively handle the demands of family work are generally those who are intentional about the work, and why they are doing it.
The more prepared you are-- including getting training, knowing self-defense strategies and being attentive to your surroundings-- the more confident and effective you’ll be in worst-case scenarios.
Prioritize Child Safety
Regardless of concern for family preservation, protecting children should remain the top priority.
Statements & Quotations
The people who last the longest and are happiest in family work realize it’s a team effort.
Our attitudes and our overall stance toward our work, families and their neighbors are reflected in our non-verbal behavior as well as what we say.
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