Safety and Risk Assessment 201: Strengthening Casework Practice Related to Risk and Safety Assessment
This webinar is hosted by the Children’s Bureau
Assessment is defined as the collection of information to inform decision-making about a child, youth, or family. In child welfare, risk and safety assessments are separate but related processes that are foundational to identifying the issues facing a family, designing a plan, and providing services to support the family in addressing the issues.
This is the second webinar in a three-part series focused on safety and risk assessment in child welfare. This session will outline the foundation of casework practice related to risk and safety assessment, which is rooted in critical thinking and family engagement. The presenter will discuss the importance of moving beyond compliance and checking the boxes when it comes to assessments to using the assessment as one of many tools for decision-making and informing practice. Child protection workers are key to helping families and protecting children, and supervisors play a critical role in this process. This webinar will also explore how workers can make best use of supervision and ask questions and raise concerns that truly assist in understanding and responding to the needs of the family.