Family Assessment Response (FAR) is a differential response pathway within the Child Protective Services (CPS) Program. FAR provides a comprehensive assessment of child safety, risk of subsequent child abuse or neglect, and family strengths and needs. Within the FAR pathway child safety is the primary concern, no subjects of abuse/neglect allegations are identified and no findings regarding abuse or neglect are made. Participants will identify how to gather information to assess and address child safety concerns while utilizing the Structured Decision Making-Risk Assessment and Safety Framework tools. Participants will practice the initial approach of the FAR Pathway, including the initial phone call, discussing the safety concerns, and interviewing children. This four-day in-service training is delivered collaboratively by Children’s Administration and the Alliance. Participants will be presented with practice, policy and procedures and opportunities for practical application and skill development using a FAR case scenario.
Social Workers, Supervisors, Area Administrators
This training is intended for FAR Social Service Specialists and Supervisors working in offices launching the FAR Pathway between July 2016 and April 2017 as well as staff newly hired or transferred into existing FAR positions.