During the COVID-19 pandemic, child welfare agencies have taken steps to promote the safety of caseworkers and families while also physical distancing, including strategies to limit face-to-face interactions. However, circumstances remain where in-person interactions are necessary to assess child safety and parents' or caregivers' capacity to maintain child safety and well-being.
The Children’s Bureau partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce "Child Welfare Worker Safety in the Time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions With Families." The webinar reviews relevant guidance and recommendations by the CDC on how to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while conducting in-person interactions with children and families. It also discusses how these recommendations are being implemented in Massachusetts.