Assessing Child Safety in the Context of Domestic Violence

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This session will provide a basic review of the Safety Framework and an overview of the Specialized Domestic Violence Assessment, focusing on the most salient issues in screening and assessment for child welfare workers.  Participants will then consider a case example of a family experiencing domestic violence (a live case or the case scenario provided in the attachment) and apply the safety framework to determine whether the children in question are safe or unsafe.  Important issues regarding best practices for visitation and other important decisions will be touched on but are not covered in depth in this brief session.

As a result of participating in this workshop participants will:

  1. Know the child safety threats most likely to be present when domestic violence endangers child safety.
  2. Know CA policy regarding screening for DV and managing cases where DV is identified, including what information workers must attempt to collect to properly assess child safety in families impacted by DV.

Improve skills at assessing child safety in cases where domestic violence is occurring.

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Social Workers, Supervisors, Area Administrators

Audience Description

Staff who work directly with families, their supervisors and managers will benefit from participating in this course.

Dates and Locations

External Registration Required
December 12, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Theresa Burton, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Lynnwood DCYF Office 20311 52nd Ave W STE 201 Lynnwood WA 98036-9712, Large Conference room, 2nd floor Map
External Registration Required
November 6, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Amanda White, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Puyallup DCYF Office 1402 E. Main Puyallup WA 98372, Room 158 Map
External Registration Required
October 15, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Marivel Rojas, MSW, LICSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare ExcellenceMicah Kurtz
Seattle, Martin Luther King Jr. Office 3600 S Graham Street Seattle WA 98118-3034, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, 2nd Flr Map

Check in with reception on the 1st floor.

Registration Instructions

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DCYF Alliance Assessing Child Safety in the Context of Domestic Violence

Tribal Workers, CWTAP Students, and new CA hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form

Maestro Course Code: 110506