Chronicity and Harm Statements

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Here’s what we’ll examine during our time together:

The Signs of Safety safety planning process always begins with getting clear about what got child protection involved in a family’s life. Workers gather information about what’s happened and document it in the Harm Statement(s) on the Assessment & Planning form (aka Risk Assessment Map). But this can be challenging when families have been involved with child protection extensively over a long period of time. Which harm from the past should be included? How far back should the description of harm go? What level of detail is needed to convey the seriousness? How much information is helpful versus overwhelming? And when the alleged abuse or neglect is denied, it gets even more challenging.

During this Learning Lab, participants will explore:

  • Strategies for documenting and sharing the pattern of past harm
  • The use of timelines
  • The delicate balance between grace and rigor in conversations about past harm
  • The issue of ‘denial’, or differing perspectives

Who should attend this package?

  • Front-line Child Welfare Workers
  • Child Welfare Supervisors
  • Managers, Leaders, Stakeholders

Before participating in this package, participants should attend a:

  • 2-day Signs of Safety Overview