Supervising for Safety: Decision Making Tools for Supervisors (eLearning)

The Child Safety Framework and the Structured Decision Making Risk Assessment are the tools that should guide caseworkers in making their most important decisions. Both tools aim to improve critical thinking and objective decision making, and ultimately to help DCYF correctly identify what level of intervention – from placement out of the home to providing referrals and case closure – is the most appropriate for each child and family. As a supervisor, you must understand these tools, but you also have a responsibility to integrate the tools into your supervision. This eLearning aims to strengthen your understanding by providing an overview of each of these tools. It also asks initial questions about how you might continue to integrate these tools into your work within your unit.

Audience Description: 

Child Welfare Supervisors and Area Administrators in both state and Tribal programs are the primary audience.  Those who support caseworkers in their decision making in other capacities may also benefit from the course.

Assessment and Planning
Delivery Method: 
Training Level: 
Area Administrators
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
Registration Instructions: 

DCYF staff can register for Supervising for Safety: Decision Making Tools for Supervisors (eLearning) through the Washington State Learning Center (WSLC). For help with WSLC, please contact

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

Special Instructions: 

You must complete this eLearning prior to participating in the Supervising for Safety webinars.