Assessment of every environment in which an infant lives and sleeps, as well as all individuals providing care, is critical to ensuring the safety of this vulnerable population. Emphasis will be placed on developmental needs, attachment, and the infant’s relationships. The focus of this course is to provide instruction around assessment of the infant’s interactions with both caregivers and the environment, identifying parent/caregiver training or support needs, and opportunities for demonstration, practice, and feedback pertaining to meeting the practice and policy requirements for this component of the Infant Safety Education and Intervention.
DCYF staff can register for Infant Safety: Assessing the Infant's Environment (webinar) through the Washington State Learning Center (WSLC). For help with WSLC, please contact DCYF.LearningCenter@dcyf.wa.gov.
Other workforce members can request registration for this course using the Alliance External Registration form. Use this if you are CWTAP, Tribal Workers, Private Agency, and Judicial Personnel (incl. CASA/GAL). For help with this webform, please contact Alliance Support via email@example.com.
This five-hour classroom session is one of three in a series of Infant Safety courses:
1. Plan of Safe Care
2. Period of PURPLE Crying
3. Assessing the Infant’s Environment
Participants can enroll in this series of courses in any order; there is no prerequisite to attend any topic before another. This series of courses is designed to support professional development and practice for social service specialists in conjunction with DCYF Policy 1135 – Infant Safety Education and Intervention. Instruction follows the guidance outlined in the policy supporting work "with parents, families, and caregivers who have newborn and infant children to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect."