Resources include training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on assessment, including information on safety and risk assessment, family-centered assessment, the use of specific assessment tools, and more.
Child Abuse Risk Assessment: A Web-Based Learning Environment for Child Protection Workers
Children and Family Research Center (2001)
Provides child protection workers with information on the complexity of factors related to the immediate safety and future risk of children.
Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2005)
Components of comprehensive family assessment, its relationship to service planning and service provision, and how child welfare agencies can support its use.
The Family Assessment Process: An Introduction
Ohio Caseload Analysis Initiative (2003)
Explains two tools for family assessment (genogram and ecomap) and emphasizes the inter-dependency among the tools within a family assessment process.
Family Centered Strengths and Risk Assessment Guidebook (PDF - 336 KB)
Mississippi Division of Family and Children Services (2004)
Contains examples of questions to be used during a family assessment and helps the caseworker use the assessment as a foundation for service planning.
Putting Family Functioning at the Center of Assessment: Providing Safety, Well-Being and Permanence for Children: A Multidisciplinary Assessment Curriculum
ZERO TO THREE & Early Head Start National Resource Center (2001)
Presents a training manual for the multidisciplinary assessment of family functioning, including information on family functioning, engagement, parental motivation to change, safety, and family dynamics.
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2006)
Teaches workers how to use a standard safety assessment tool.
Safety-Related Information Standards (PDF - 293 KB)
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (2006)
Provides a framework for information collection that provides a basis for identifying, analyzing, and understanding the presence of safety threats and the nature and effectiveness of caregiver protective capacities.
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