Assessing Risk in Families Affected by Substance Abuse
Olsen, Allen, & Azzi-Lessing
Child Abuse & Neglect, 20(9), 1996
Presents an instrument for assessing risk in families affected by substance abuse that takes into account the familial environment and other factors that make it difficult for parents to meet the basic needs of their children.
Safety Management With Methamphetamine-Using Caregivers (PDF - 149 KB)
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (2004)
Discusses identifying and assessing safety threats in the initial assessment of families involved in methamphetamine use, including criteria for identifying present danger and impending danger and key steps for managing safety threats.
Substance Abuse - Neglect/Physical Abuse With Minor Injury (PDF - 287 KB)
Feild & Winterfeld (2003)
In Tough Problems, Tough Choices: Guidelines for Needs-Based Service Planning in Child Welfare
Addresses both prenatal substance abuse and the injury of children due to parental substance abuse, including a guide to an immediate case practice response by the child protection worker.
State and local examples
Colorado's Protocol: Improving Services to Families: Strategies for Substance Abuse Treatment, Child Welfare, and Dependency Court: A Guide for Counties, Service Providers, and Judicial Districts in Colorado (PDF - 741 KB)
Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator, & National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2004)
Guidelines for determining the presence of substance abuse and for assessing the need for immediate intervention at the initial screening.
Drug Endangered Children: Initial Response Forms (PDF - 357 KB)
Denver Family Crisis Center (2005)
A compilation of forms and procedures used when reviewing the hazards to children in a clandestine laboratory environment.
Meth and Family-Centered Child Welfare Practice
North Carolina Division of Social Services
Children's Services Practice Notes, 10(2), 2005
Articles in this special issue include information on recognizing and evaluating the safety of a methamphetamine lab as well as creating a safe, family-centered response to these substances.
Risk Domains and Six Fundamental Safety Questions for Methamphetamine Abuse (PDF - 549 KB)
Arizona Department of Economic Security (2007)
Presents questions to help child welfare workers assess parenting and disciplinary practices, adult and child functioning, and the extent and circumstances of maltreatment. The document also includes tips for working safely with clients using or manufacturing methamphetamine.