The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 119: How Do I Protect My Personal Safety in the Community?
How Do I Protect My Personal Safety in the Community?
Child protective services workers spend a great deal of time in the community assessing and treating families. Sadly, many workers have experienced threats and actual incidents of violence. Therefore, it is vitally important that workers be prepared to protect themselves as they carry out their responsibilities. Suggestions for protecting personal safety include considerations before making a home visit, while outside the home, while inside the home, in de-escalating verbal violence, and after the visit. In addition, ideas for safety while transporting clients and for agency policies are given.
Before You Go
In preparation for a home visit, read the file, searching particularly for previous threats or incidences ...