2010 Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare. Safety and Risk Management – Three Key Case Decisions. Barry Salovitz Senior Director, Strategic Consulting Casey Family Programs. Workshop Objectives.
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Safety and Risk Management – Three Key Case Decisions
Senior Director, Strategic Consulting
Casey Family Programs
…to assess a child’s safety in the home & respond appropriately; should not be simply a required agency event, or only a form completion compliance task. You must make it a way of thinking”.
A Framework for Safety Decision-Making
Source: Morton, T. & Salovitz, B. (2006) “Evolving a Theoretical Model of Child Safety in Maltreating Families”
Child Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 30, Issue 12, December 2006, pp. 1317-1327.
needs of family members, perceptions, beliefs, values, feelings, cultural practices and/or previous life experiences that influence the maltreatment dynamic within a family system and can increase the likelihood of child maltreatment or its severity
social problems or conditions (family or community), that can increase the likelihood of child maltreatment or its severity
C. Out-of-Home Safety Plan
D. Legally Authorized Out-of-Home Safety Plan
intervention strategy to control a safety threat or supplement insufficient protective capacities to protect a child from serious harm
The addition of additional protective capacities to the family system without removal of the child
Safety is a subset of risk. All safety concerns are risk issues. Not all risk concerns are safety issues.
Intervention strategy designed to:
Positive changes in parental behavior and attitudes might occur absent completion of treatment programs.
“Children should be returned home when they are considered to be safe for the foreseeable future, not simply for the next 24-48 hours.”
A present danger orientation is not sufficient to answer the question.