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Safety and Home Visiting

The personal safety of home visitors while they support and partner with families is of paramount importance. The following resources are designed for home visitors, home visiting supervisors, and home visiting agencies regarding this issue. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Safety Workgroup of the Home Visiting Task Force, has compiled these resources and strongly encourages the Illinois home visiting community to review and incorporate them (as applicable) into their programs. This portion of the website will be updated from time-to-time to include new, updated and additional resources. If there are safety-related materials that you think should be included on this website, please contact Lesley Schwartz at lesley.schwartz@illinois.gov.

Policy and Training

Template Safety Policy

White Paper of the Ad Hoc Safety Workgroup

Home Visitor Safety PowerPoint Template

The Ounce of Prevention offer a number of training’s related to safety.  Go here to learn more.

Other Resources

  • An application for smartphones called “Every Block” shows the locations from where calls to the police have been placed within the last two days. This application enables one to see (from a geographical perspective) where specific activity has been reported within a community.
  • The website of the National Center for Community-Based Child Prevention provides a variety of resources from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, including a series of educational videos covering a variety of topics (e.g., general safety, family assessment, trauma-informed practices, domestic violence, mental health, fire arms, drugs, and child abuse and neglect reporting).