Section 6 Overview
This section is developed to guide Children’s Service Workers in decision making, the provision and documentation of services to children and their families, development of community resources, and their subsequent assessment and utilization. These resources are designed to enhance and augment services to children and their families in need of preventive, protective, and out-of-home care services.
Procedures contained in this chapter incorporate assessment standards (largely based on licensing rules) which reflect the concern of the agency for those children who must live apart from their families during some part of their minority. The purpose of these standards is to protect those children from abuse, neglect, injury, and exploitation, and to assist in treatment and improved social functioning.
It is recognized that such direction cannot be all inclusive; therefore, staff will still need to exercise judgement in individual case situations. In those situations in which staff do not follow the procedures, they will be expected to document the justification for their actions in the individual case record.
With each procedure, and each step within a procedure, it may be necessary for the worker to secure supervisory assistance in order to make a decision. The procedures do not contain a reference to worker-supervisor conferences, but this joint decision-making activity is understood to be an integral part of service delivery to community resource providers.
Chapter 12 Overview
This chapter provides guidelines for resource providers to develop emergency procedures for responding to accidents, serious illness, fire, medical emergencies, water emergencies, natural disasters, terrorism and other life threatening situations for children in-out-of-home care. Each resource home shall develop emergency procedures with the following information that will be submitted to the licensing worker, this plan will be reviewed every six months with their foster youth. The review dates and time will be recorded by the resource provider and given to the licensing worker.
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