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Worker Safety Training

Family Continuity is listed on the DIA website as a safety training organization. EOHHS endorses Family Continuity’s training as meeting and exceeding the requirements for human service workers. 

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Worker Safety Training

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SAFETY TRAINING OFFERED BY FAMILY CONTINUITY

How it all began . . .

In 2008, Diruhi Mattian, a 53 year old social worker working for Family Continuity was killed by a 19 year old client during a routine home visit. In response to her death, NASW-MA, Schools of Social Work, Family Continuity, and other private and state agencies convened the Maximizing Social Worker Safety Task Force to address workplace safety for social workers.  This legislation is a result of the work of this group and requires employers of social workers and human service providers to create safety plans for their workplaces and better prepare their staff for the potential for danger in their work. We are proud that in Diruhi’s name, Massachusetts has made a major step toward improving the training and preparation of all human service workers to create a safer environment for their critically important work. 

Friday, February 15, 2013, Governor Patrick signed the NASW-MA Chapter's Social Work Safety in the Workplace legislation into law.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall ensure that all programs providing direct services to clients and operated, licensed, certified, or funded by Executive Office of Health and Human Services have a workplace violence prevention and crisis response plan updated at least annually for social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees.

Workplace violence prevention and crisis response plans may include:

(a)  a system for centrally recording incidents and threats of workplace violence against social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees providing direct services;

(b)  a written violence prevention and crisis response plan including how the program responds   to any incident of workplace violence against social workers, human services workers,volunteers, and all other employees providing direct services;

 (c) training to educate social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other    employees providing direct services about workplace violence and ways to reduce risks; and

(e)  Developing and maintaining a violence prevention and response team or committee to   monitor ongoing compliance with the violence prevention and crisis response plan and to    assist any social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees providing direct services who may be victimized by or threatened with workplace violence.

 Programs that do not have training in place shall require their employees to enroll in training to be developed and offered by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

The Division of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awarded Family Continuity a grant to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education and other preventative programs.

Family Continuity is listed on the DIA website as a safety training organization.  EOHHS endorses Family Continuity’s training as meeting and exceeding the requirements for human service workers.  We can provide a two hour consultation to organizations’ senior staff, outlying the Safety Program and how it can be embedded in the agency’s culture.  In addition, we can provide training to staff, a six hour initial training and, if desired, annual 4 hour refresher trainings.  These trainings include topics such as

  • Assessing safety risks across a spectrum of situations
  • Identifying potential crises and what to do in a crisis situation
  • Managing power struggles
  • Identifying when to get out of a situation
  • Understanding aggression and anger
  • Learning how to handle workplace violence such as abductions, domestic violence in the workplace, and active shooters on site
  • Assessing violence risk

 And many more eye-opening topics!

If you are interested in obtaining training for your human service employees or more information about the program please send your request to info@familycontinuity.org

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