National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2007. This guidebook presents the Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery (SAFERR) model for helping staff of public and private agencies respond to families affected by substance use disorders. SAFERR was developed in response to requests from child welfare agencies for a tool to help caseworkers screen parents for potential substance use disorders to make decisions about children’s safety.
The SAFERR manual offers several tools for screening for substance abuse issues in families. It also offers screening and assessment instruments and case plan models. Have students discuss the ways in which their agencies typically screen for substance abuse issues in families. Stage role plays in the classroom using the screening and assessment tools. Have them identify resources in their communities for families experiencing substance abuse issues.