As a child welfare practitioner, you will encounter a variety of different situations in a variety of different settings. While it should not be interpreted that child welfare practice is a dangerous profession, it is important to recognize that safety can be a concern in many of these situations and settings.
It is crucial that you are able to recognize safety risk factors associated with child welfare practice, and have strategies to mitigate those risks and maintain personal safety. Your safety and well-being is important.
It is wise to practice safety assessment and risk reduction with all clients, in all settings.
It is important to assess both our internal personal factors as well as the external factors when we assess our own personal safety and well-being. It is crucial to follow the Out-of-Office and In-Office risk assessments and procedures at all times, even if we are highly skilled communicators and confident in our skills and expertise.
If your intuition tells you that something is not quite right, investigate your intuition. Consider what additional information or support you need.
If you find yourself in a situation where your safety is compromised, remove yourself immediately from the situation and contact your supervisor as soon as it is safe to do so.
There are resources available to help you with your risk assessments. If you are unclear please speak with your team lead or supervisor for guidance.
The following knowledge check will help you reflect further on this topic. You can take this assessment as many times as you want.