These resources address the special safety precautions child welfare workers may need to take when working with families affected by substance abuse.
Meth and Family-Centered Child Welfare Practice
North Carolina Division of Social Services
Children's Services Practice Notes, 10(2), 2005
This special issue includes articles describing the impact of family methamphetamine use and production on children, working safely with users, and more.
Meth Basics and Worker Safety
Protective Services Training Institute of Texas (2006)
This training module presents essential information on risk assessment and worker safety for staff who may encounter methamphetamine manufacturing centers and children at risk in these locations.
Parenting, Violence, and Substance Abuse Issues in High-Risk Children and Youth
In The New Miracle Workers: Overcoming Contemporary Challenges in Child Welfare Work
Discusses the increasing dangers of child welfare work and describes safety practices for social workers.
Safety Precautions in Methamphetamine Lab Sites for Child Protection Workers (PDF - 105 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2005)
Reviews the dangers of methamphetamine lab sites, lists possible symptoms related to short-term chemical exposure, and discusses several worker safety precautions.