AMHSA Working Alone Online Course

AMHSA Working Alone Online Course
This online course is intended to explain how the occupational health and safety legislation addresses workers who work alone, and offer an effective process for ensuring compliance. It will assist the participant in developing the tools necessary to recognize situations in which workers work alone and the hazards related to those working alone situations.

Book – Client Violence and Social Worker Safety Prevention, Intervention, and Research by Christina E. Newhill PhD (Author)

Book – Client Violence and Social Worker Safety Prevention, Intervention, and Research by Christina E. Newhill PhD (Author)
Effective methods are described together with specific recommendations for approaching, engaging, and intervening with violent clients in both office and field settings. Skills development exercises and guidelines for developing and implementing an agency safety plan enhance the book’s utility as a training tool and professional resource.

Calgary John Howard Society StaySafe App

StaySafe App to Protect Lone Workers
Canadian organization the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) has contracted with UK business StaySafe. The not-for profit organization uses the app to monitor employee safety when they are working alone in the community. The app, which works on both android and iPhone, tracks employee location via GPS and alerts their manager if they do not check-in within a specified time.

CDC Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders

CDC Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
The risks associated with fentanyl and its analogs highlight the need for first responders to perform a risk assessment on each crime scene and follow established work practices appropriate for the specific job tasking along with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to effectively manage risks that may cause an exposure. Established work practices are written policies and procedures, as well as tactics and techniques, used when fentanyl may be present to minimize the risk of exposure. This DEA website highlights the importance of adhering to established policies and procedures: https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq092216.shtml.

David Mandel Associates LLP Paying attention to worker safety in domestic violence cases

David Mandel Associates LLP Paying attention to worker safety in domestic violence cases by Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training and Consultation Director.
Successful child welfare interventions with families experiencing domestic violence depends on child welfare staff feeling confident, competent, and comfortable in working with situations where violence is a possibility. As part of our Safe and Together model we discuss safety concerns and safety measures taken by child welfare workers during the course of their daily tasks…

Dr. Newhil Client Violence and Social Worker Safety

Client Violence and Social Worker Safety
We  have heard from social workers there is an increasing concern about violence in the workplace, Dr. Newhill supports this perception stating that she has found a number of indicators that support the perception that there is a rise in physical and verbal violence across settings…

DHS Methamphetamine Protocol (PDF)

DHS Methamphetamine Protocol (PDF)
Methamphetamine (meth) labs can pose significant danger to all workers who conduct home visits including child welfare workers. Meth labs carry the risks of fire and explosion, exposure to chemicals and fumes, and volatile confrontations with highly agitated and unpredictable users. It is important to understand the warning signs that you may be approaching, or already in, a meth lab.

Everyday Self Defensesm for Social Workers

Everyday Self Defensesm for Social Workers
Personal Safety Awareness for Health and Human Service Professionals
Includes fact sheets and training presentations. Janet Nelson has specifically designed her courses to promote job wellness and personal safety awareness in all human service situations. This webcast focused on personal safety issues that social workers face on a regular basis including how to deal with and exit potentially violent situations, safety planning in the office, safety planning for home visits, and practical self-defense.

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
The status and trends of the illicit drug trade, which includes Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics in Canada are ever evolving. The intention of this site is to provide first responders with accurate safety information related to situations where opioids may be involved.

Government of Southern Australia Protective Practices for Staff..

Protective Practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people Guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings. Revised 2011

Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people provides clear advice to adults for the establishment of positive, caring and respectful relationships with children and young people in education and care settings. The main intent of this document is to safeguard the emotional and physical well being of children and young people by promoting in adults an enhanced understanding of appropriate relationship boundaries. In respecting these boundaries, staff can feel confident about meeting their responsibilities to children and young people and meeting the expectations of the professional communities in which they work.

Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project

The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project This project is focused on workplace health and wellness for leaders, supervisors, and front-line staff who work in the human-services industry (over 400 agencies) in Alberta. Their are research partnerships, wellness workshops, resources and more. Membership in the HWHP project is open to professionals in the human-services industry in Alberta. Their mission is to serve the over 17,000 persons who work in the following areas: child and youth care child and family services home visitation disabilities services women’s shelters

Health Risk Daily Assessment This tool provides a way for front-line staff to assess risks on a daily basis.

The Helping Cycle this tool provides a way for front-line staff and supervisors to assess risks in specific situations and to find ways to grow challenges into strengths rather than hazards into stress.

Home Visits in a Violent World

Home Visits in a Violent World Sharon C. Lyter Ann A. Abbott 2007
ABSTRACT. Given the merits of home visitations, the social work commitment to community outreach, and the very real risks of harm posed by a violent society, there is a surprising lack of information on safe conduct of home visits. Clinicians often deny risks, behaving in ways that are incautious
and reckless, thus placing them in further jeopardy. Newcomers to the profession are sometimes “shamed” by their superiors if they express fear…

National Association of Social Workers Guidelines for Social Work Safety in the Workplace

Guidelines for Social Work Safety in the Workplace
A major tenet of the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) threefold mission is to promote, develop, and protect the practice of social work and social workers. In alignment with that mission, NASW establishes professional standards and guidelines to support quality social work practice..

NASW Foundations Supervision: – The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice Report 2011

Supervision: – The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice Report from a Think Tank Symposium February 2011
Supervision: The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice was a think tank symposium that
took place on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the NASW National Office Conference Center.
The Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Foundation planned this event in conjunction with NASW’s Center for Workforce Studies & Social
Work Practice and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), with Casey Family
Programs (CFP) as a contributing partner. The expert presenters together with experienced child
welfare practitioners, researchers, policy makers, trainers, technical advisors and social work
faculty came together to examine the body of research that underscores the critical role that
supervisors play in supporting and sustaining the workforce; underscores racial disparities that
occur in child welfare practices, and examines initiatives that are underway to enhance
supervisory practice. The symposium participants developed an agenda for future actions that
address research, practice improvements, professional education, knowledge dissemination and
policy enhancements.

Social Workers and Safety, Survey Results NASW Center for Workforce Studies (2006)
In 2004, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) partnered with the Center forHealth Workforce Studies, University at Albany, to conduct a benchmark national study of10,000 licensed social workers.

NH Children’s Trust Youtube Webinar: Staying Safe as a Home Visitor

NH Children’s Trust Youtube Webinar: Staying Safe as a Home Visitor
Officer Paul Rondeau discusses what home visitors should consider both prior to and during visits, as well as what one should be thinking about to leave a client’s home safely. Officer Rondeau discusses the importance of sharing information with your colleagues and tips for diffusing an angry client. Finally, he covers some general personal safety information from which anyone can benefit regardless of your professional role.

Personal Safety Training Group Lone Worker Safety and a Communications Plan Outline

Lone Worker Safety and a Communications Plan Outline
Having a lone worker safety and communications plan outline in place is critical for any agency that has staff in the field.

Available in live webinar format -Personal Safety Training for Social Services Professionals Working at or Away from the Office This training empowers social service professionals with practical strategies necessary to enhance their personal safety at the office, while working in the field and during activities of daily living.

Road Post Lone Worker Monitoring Apps Comparison

Road Post Lone Worker Monitoring Apps Comparison
Whether you are a small business with a few employees or a very large government or private enterprise looking for robust workforce monitoring solutions, Roadpost has the expertise to help guide you to the lone worker device and monitoring portal that is the best for you. This chart explains your options and we’re here to answer any questions you have!

School of Social Work University of Pittsburgh RISK ASSESSMENT, VIOLENT CLIENTS AND PRACTITIONER SAFETY Workshop Handout

School of Social Work University of Pittsburgh RISK ASSESSMENT, VIOLENT CLIENTS AND PRACTITIONER SAFETY Workshop Handout Prepared by: Christina E. Newhill, Ph.D., LCSW (PDF)
Topics Include
• How and why client violence is a critical issue for social workers and other human services
professionals
• Identification of key risk markers for violent behavior within three spheres:
• How to prepare oneself to ensure safety in both office and field settings

SIVA (Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments)

Emergency Safety Intervention When an individual’s behaviour presents an imminent risk of harm to self or others, emergency safety interventions may be applied. The goals of these tactics are to restore safety and balance to both the individual and the environment so that pro-social personal growth can resume. When emergency safety interventions are applied, the individual is rendered safe and secure in the least restrictive manner possible. SIVA will train caregivers to differentiate between aggressive behaviour and violent behaviour, and how to determine the most effective approach to restoring safety. We will also teach caregivers how to avoid the adverse and potentially life-threatening effects of positional and restraint asphyxia, especially for individuals with compromised cardiovascular or central nervous systems.

StaySafe App to Protect Lone Workers

Calgary John Howard Society StaySafe App to Protect Lone Workers October 2014 
StaySafe app to protect lone workers Canadian organisation the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) has contracted with UK business StaySafe. The not-for profit organisation uses the app to monitor employee safety when they are working alone in the community. The app, which works on both android and iPhone, tracks employee location via GPS and alerts their manager if they do not check-in within a specified time.

Youth Work Essentials Risk -Assessment The Frame Work

Risk -Assessment The Frame Work
Sample Assessment – Risk Assessment is the backbone of the health & safety process. It needs to involve everyone that is responsible for the safety of the group and those that will be carrying out the activity