Confirming Safe Environments


Placement of a child may be necessary to assure child safety or provide specific services or sanctions to a child. Part of the child welfare responsibility assumed when placing a child is assuring it is a safe placement for this child at this point in time. When placement continues, assuring that the placement is safe is an ongoing assessment issue and responsibility.

The Confirming Safe Environments Online Training includes the pre-requisite Safety Overview for Non-CPS Staff training required for juvenile justice staff and designees.  The Confirming Safe Environments Online Training provides staff who do not have CPS responsibilities with an overview of safety decision-making and on the process and practice of assuring child safety in unlicensed homes, foster homes, group homes and residential care centers. 

The Safety Overview for Non-CPS Staff section of the training will explore Wisconsin’s definitions of when children and youth are safe and unsafe. CPS assessment tools, decision making processes and intervention strategies to enhance participants’ understanding of that system and support mutual work on behalf of children, youth and families are explored.

The Confirming Safe Environments section of the training examines the process for assuring safety from the point the need for placement is determined through the duration of the placement. The assessment for confirming and re-confirming the safety of the placement setting for a child is explored including: components of the assessment, information gathering to support thorough assessments and implications of the assessment for child welfare decision making. Placement Danger Threats are a particular focus.

Part 1: Safety Overview For Non-CPS 

Part 2: Confirming Safe Environments