Safety Organized Practice
The Safety Organized Practice practice model offers tools and strategies for creating constructive working partnerships between child welfare social workers, the families they work with and community resources while maintaining primary focus on actual and potential harm to children. Child welfare social worker use the tools and strategies of safety mapping, solution-focused interviewing techniques, well-formed goals, danger statements, and additional skills in their work with children and families. The objectives of Safety Organized Practice:
- Engagement: To create a shared focus to guide casework among all stakeholders (child, family, worker, supervisor, etc.)
- Critical thinking: To help stakeholders consider complicated and unclear case information and sort it into meaningful child welfare categories
- Enhancing safety: To provide a path for stakeholders to engage in "rigorous, sustainable, on the ground child safety" efforts
The practice of safety mapping relies on essential questions asked at all times in each encounter with families, providers, stakeholders and within supervisory responsibilities and case reviews. These questions are open ended, solution-focused approaches that allow people to provide information related to safety, danger and risk without having to possess technical knowledge of the child welfare definitions of terms. The three questions of safety mapping are:
- What are the worries?
- What is working well?
- What needs to happen?
For more information on how to access Safety Organized Practice training, please contact your Regional Training Coordinator and/or Field Based Trainer.