Learning Programs

Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis, and Assessment

A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals

About Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis, and Assessment

This learning program will give child welfare professionals hands-on opportunities to enhance their skills in assessing and responding to safety and risk. The program will build on the learner’s use of critical thinking and motivational interviewing skills to gather and synthesize relevant information and make informed decisions. The program addresses the development and function of safety plans.

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 critical thinking and motivational interviewing skills in their assessment of safety and risk.
  • Review case scenarios 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

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The Motivational Interviewing learning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute, or an equivalent.
  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test before the day of class.
  • An interactive, two-day instructor led workshop.
  • An in-class, online post-test.

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

Continuing Education Units

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 13 contact hours/1.3 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.

“I think everyone should take this program!”

—Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis and Assessment Participant

Upcoming Dates