3, No. 2
Look at Safety in Social Work
It's an open secret, really: social work is a dangerous
profession. Every day, armed only with a genuine concern for families,
social workers step out of their offices and into the homes of families
in crisis. Each time they do, social workers run the risk of becoming
the focus of an assault.
Although there is no way to guarantee you will
not become the victim of an attack, there are steps you can take
to reduce your risk. This issue of Practice Notes gives you
some practical suggestions for assessing potentially dangerous situations
and provides strategies for maintaining your personal safety. In
keeping with our family-centered approach to practice, we also discuss
ways to integrate safety precautions into your practice in a way
that won't send the wrong message to families.
We hope this issue will be a jumping-off point
for discussions with others in your agency. Safety concerns should
be "safe" to talk about!