Intended for child welfare professionals in Alaska, this guide discusses the use of the Protective Capacity Assessment when a determination has been made to open a case for family services because children have been identified as unsafe or at high risk. It explains the Protective Capacity Assessment provides family services workers with a structured approach for engaging and involving caregivers and children in a case planning process. Information is provided on the purposes of the Protective Capacity Assessment, the objectives and the decisions that are achieved through Protective Capacity Assessment, the caseworker's facilitative role, the stages of intervention, and the use of specific interpersonal skills and techniques. Key constructs of the Protective Capacity Assessment are described, including: caregiver protection capacities, impending danger, safe environment, family centered practice, full disclosure, and reasonable/active efforts. The integration of the initial assessment and the Protective Capacity Assessment is also explained, and a time line is included.
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Protective Capacity Assessment: Model Summary and Practice Protocol. Stakeholder Edition.