Section 1, Chapter 5 (Understanding and Assessing Child Safety) – Overview

(Effective 04/02/19)

Chapter 5 Overview

This chapter explains the principles of assessing child safety and provides a framework for staff to utilize when making the decision of whether a child is safe or unsafe.

Table of Contents

5.1 Principles of Safety Assessment and Intervention

5.2 Safety versus Risk

5.3 Safety Assessment

5.3.1 Threats to Child Safety

5.3.2 Child Vulnerability

5.3.3 Caregiver’s Protective Capacities

5.4 Caregiver Capacity and Impairment