Presentation on theme: "Personal Safety During Home Visits: Recognizing Dangers and Liability issues Original Presentation by Honorable Mark a Ihrig Judge Creek County Oklahoma."— Presentation transcript:
1 Personal Safety During Home Visits: Recognizing Dangers and Liability issues Original Presentation by Honorable Mark a Ihrig Judge Creek County Oklahoma
2 Liability Issues Two Types of Liabilities 1. Personal Liabilities 2. Employer Liabilities
3 Personal Liability A. Failure to report abuse, dangerous conditions call the local Police department or Sheriff's Office with jurisdiction over the area where the abuse has occurred, or call the Division of Child and Family Services hotline, (800)Put the report in the families file and give a copy to your supervisor
4 Personal Liability, cont. Personal actions that injure persons/property:Bad adviseSlanderAccidental breakingAuto accidents
6 Employer Liability Failure to train: Employees my sue if injured on the jobClients may sue if “expert” employee gives bad adviseSuits against employee my also name employer
7 Employer Liability, cont. Failure to protectNo implementation of safety plan after this workshop attendanceIgnoring concerns of workersNotice of dangerous situations /clientsOSHA standards for training/safety programs
8 Avoid turning your back! This could happen to you
9 Employer Liability, cont. Negligent hiring/retentionFailure to conduct adequate background checksHiring or retention of incompetent employee or known offenderViolation of constitutional rights: discrimination 1983 act
10 Employer Liability, cont. Negligence at common law:Duty to exercise reasonable careDuty to warn employees of known hazardsEmployer not an insurer of employee safety
11 Sample Safety Plan Divided into 5 sections Pre-visit preparation Safety going inSafety while inSafety going outPost-visit procedures
12 Sample Safety Plan Pre-visit preparation Fill out the recruitment and enrollment form completely-make sure you have the names and ss # of all of the adults and children in the homeMake sure all pets are secured during visitGo over visitation rules and have parent sign rules. Let the parents know that violation of rules may be grounds for termination of services
13 How secure does a pet have to be? Really secure
14 Pre-visit Preparation, cont. Check the internet and local law enforcement for arrest record/history of all the persons living in the residence.Establish a contact person with local law enforcement agenciesAssign someone in your office to be the “monitor”.The monitor must know your visitation schedule for the day/weekPE must provide monitor with addresses of families she visits and driving directions to and from homes (use map quest)
15 Pre-visit Preparation, cont. Arrive early to your first visit. Locate home and checkout neighborhood.Locate nearby safe areas restaurants, shopping centers, police or fire stations.Make sure you get a cell phone signal in the home.Practice excuse for leaving or canceling; visit-my sister has been in an accident…
16 Another excuse for leaving a visit: My brother-in-laws cousins friend’s next door neighbor’s kid has emergency nutritional needs
17 Safety going inTake an authoritative attitude on the home visit don’t appear to be an “easy mark”Before leaving the office put your purse and valuables in trunk-don’t wear expensive jewelry.Do wear sensible shoes and clothingBe observant of your surroundings
19 Safety going inDon’t rummage around in your car get your stuff and get out of the car and into the house.Keep cell phone on your person (in a belt holder. Pre-program in your office number then pretend you feel it vibrate and hit send and use a emergency code and make an excuse to get out if you need to.Park in a well lit area. Never park in a driveway where you could get blocked in.
20 Safety while inCall monitor when you arrive at visit. Monitor should set a timer for the amount of time you have allotted for the visit.Call monitor when you are in your car driving away.Monitor should call you if you don’t call before the “worry time” starts.
21 Safety while inNever go into a residence when the person you scheduled the visit with is not home. Wait for the parent in your car.If a member of the opposite sex comes into the room dressed improperly make the excuse that you forgot something and leave and reschedule after you have left.
22 Safety while inAnalyze your environment using:SightSoundSmell
24 Safety while in Do not stay if you see: Weapons Illegal drugs Any evidence of illegal activityAny radical changes in behavior such as clenching and unclenching fists constant fidgeting, nervousness, threatening tone of voice. May be dangerous signs of impending violence.
25 Safety while inALWAYS go with your gut feeling. If you don’t feel safe you aren’t. GET OUT NOW!Sit close by the door and put your car keys in your pocket. You may have to flee without your bag.Don’t accept for or drink from a parent.Let parent know you are expected at another appointment ASAPTell your supervisor immediately about the incident
26 Safety Going OutAs you leave scan the area between you and your car. Don’t leave the residence until you feel safe.Put car keys in your hand with key ready to put in lockGet in your car quickly. Don’t put anything in the trunk.Leave area, call monitor make your notes at the office.
28 Post-Visit Procedures If anything alarming occurs report it to your supervisor immediately.Significant unsafe/unsanitary should be reported to DCFS immediately such as:Sign of physical injury to a childNo running waterOverflowing or non-working toiletsRoaches, mice, ratsToo may petsJunk blocking exitsFAILURE TO REPORT COULD RESULT IN CRIMINAL CHARGES AND/OR LEGAL LIABILITY.
29 Would you report the dog, baby or parent? Use your best judgmentWould you report the dog, baby or parent?
30 Post-Visit Procedures If you are a victim of attach:Always notify the policeDon’t change your clothes or take a shower until gaining permission fro law enforcement.Notify your supervisorASAP write down all the details about the attackerHis/her vehicleWitnesses if any; anything the attacker touched that might contain finger prints
31 What are the chances in Utah? YOU WOULD BE SURPRISE!WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE– NOT SORRY