Family Preservation and Stabilisation Services (CA-FPS) 7: Assessing Safety and the Need for Out-of-Home Care
The organization protects the safety of children, families, and communities by:
conducting safety assessments on a regular basis;
using consistent criteria when evaluating safety and considering the need for out-of-home care; and
involving professionals, who have at least two years’ related experience and an advanced degree in social work or a comparable human service field, when evaluating the need for out-of-home care.
When an organization does not have the authority to conduct official safety assessments or formally evaluate the need for out-of-home care because the referring public agency is responsible for doing so, the organization will demonstrate implementation of the standard by providing written updates to the referring public agency documenting safety concerns and families’ progress toward addressing those safety concerns.
Even in cases where there is no initial public agency involvement and families voluntarily engage in preventive services, documenting any safety concerns that arise, and noting progress toward addressing those concerns, is good practice.
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Family Preservation and Stabilization Services improve family functioning, increase child and family well-being, ensure child safety, prevent the separation of children from their families, and ease the transition to reunification following a separation.