Safety and Risk: Investigation, Synthesis, and Assessment

This learning program provides Child Welfare professionals hands-on opportunities to enhance their skills in assessing and responding to safety and risk. The program builds on the learner’s use of critical thinking and motivational interviewing skills to gather and synthesize relevant information and make informed decisions. The program also addresses the development and function of safety plans. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test. 


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff and supervisors working in Child Protection, Prevention or Foster Care services.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Strengthen their critical thinking and motivational interviewing skills in their assessment of safety and risk.
  • Enhance their safety and risk assessment skills by reviewing case scenarios.
  • Be better able to develop and accurately document safety plans to protect children from danger.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this program.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A two-day, instructor-led workshop.
  • An 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.



Register for this course by logging in to Cornerstone, browse for the course name and complete all information.  For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at or call (212) 748-1898.


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