Find resources as well as State safety standards to assist in identifying interventions and developing safety plans. Resources include State and local examples.
Building Safety and Deepening Our Practice (PDF - 5,919 KB)
De Haan & Manion
Social Work Now: The Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family, 47, 2011
Explores ways social work practitioners can work with families compromised by substance abuse to create safety plans and improve parenting skills.
Key Concepts in Safety Practice (PDF - 83 KB)
Action for Child Protection (2006)
Provides an overview of safety concepts and identifies safety-related processes that can be helpful in daily practice, developing policy, procedure, or refining a safety intervention system.
Child Protective Services Safety Intervention Standards (PDF - 167 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (2006)
Discusses principles of practice for safety intervention and responsibilities related to access, initial assessment and investigation, and ongoing monitoring. Standards are then provided for assessing child safety in a number of areas.
Family Services Sexual Safety Program (PDF - 427 KB)
Family Services of Metro Orlando (2009)
Highlights a program in Orlando, FL, designed to ensure the safety of children who are victims of sexual abuse or who present with a history of sexually reactive or aggressive behavior through appropriate placement and therapeutic intervention. Policy implications are also discussed.
Modifications to the Child Protective Services Safety Intervention Standards (PDF - 28 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (2011)
Discusses changes made to Wisconsin safety assessments and child welfare practice that help reduce the threat of danger.
Oregon Safety Model
Oregon Department of Human Services
Explains the model for ensuring child safety when providing child welfare services and addresses key concepts such as the difference between present danger and impending danger, protective capacity, conditions for return, safety threats and the safety threshold, and other issues. The model includes an explanation of the facilitator role in child safety meetings, an example of a case plan, and a matrix illustrating the reforms made by the Oregon safety model.
The Safety Assessment and Management Process Reference Manual (PDF - 615 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare & University of Pittsburgh (2011)
Addresses Pennsylvania's safety outcomes in Child and Family Services Reviews and discusses the development of the State's safety assessment process.
Signs of Safety in Minnesota: Early Indicators of Successful Implementation in Child Protection Agencies (PDF - 442 KB)
Skrypek, Otteson, & Owen (2010)
Wilder Research, Casey Family Programs, & Minnesota Department of Human Services
Reviews findings from an evaluation of the implementation of the Signs of Safety approach in Minnesota. The report also provides barriers to implementation, challenges of integrating Signs of Safety approaches into existing child protection protocols and practices in Minnesota, and customized training.