Learning Programs

Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis, and Assessment (Virtual Course)

A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare Professionals

About the Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis, and Assessment Virtual Training

This virtual course consists of a combination of eLearning module and virtual synchronous sessions. Learners first complete a 30-minute eLearning module introducing them to the standardized processes of assessing for the safety and risk of children. Learners then participate in a 3-hour, Instructor-led virtual session where they will build on the eLearning concepts by engaging in real-work conversations and activities involving the definitions and processes of safety and risk. The course culminates with a skill application component where learners get a hands-on opportunity to apply the assessment processes to a real-life scenario.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in Child Protection, Prevention, and Foster Care.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will: 

  • Strengthen their understanding of the four-step safety assessment process and the risk assessment process through a protective lens.
  • Review a case scenario to enhance their skills to assess for safety and risk.
  • Be better able to develop and accurately document safety plans to protect children from danger.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites required to take this course.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test accessed before the day of class. 
  • A 30-minute, interactive, online eLearning module. 
  • An interactive, four-hour, virtual, instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Credits

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 3.0 contact hours/0.3 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.


To register for this course, log onto Cornerstone. For more information about the James Satterwhite Academy, please email [email protected]. Visit our website at www.nycacstraining.org.

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