I am currently doing my first internship with a team of Child Protection Investigators (CPI) at the Florida Department of Children and Families. A policy this agency has in place is Safety Methodology Practice Guidelines, for all staff. It provides language that is uniform in nature for assessing child safety, family risk factors, and consistent approaches for safety interventions. In my placement setting each case of child abuse or neglect that is investigated has the potential to be problematic during interactions with parents. This happens because parents often feel threatened when a CPI shows up at their home to investigate the reported allegations. This can escalate when present danger is found and a CPI has to initiate an involuntary safety intervention as part of a protective action. This can be a potential source of danger due to a parent feeling that they are being unjustly treated by the person who is investigating and/or the agency itself. Especially so, if there are high-risk factors such as drug or alcohol use involved (Garthwait, 2014). When this type of unavoidable c...
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