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What information do I share when talking with the child and their family?

What information do I share when talking with the child and their family?

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Communicate public health information

  • In addition to discussing and assisting the family in regards to their specific family situation and household dynamics, social workers should educate the family on necessary public health information for protecting themselves and their children at this time.
  • For a general base of knowledge on health and safety measures to share with the family, refer to the¬†Protection¬†portion of the RAPID Reintegration Framework.
  • Emphasize social distancing, handwashing, cleaning the home, and wearing protective gear.

Provide mental health and psychosocial support to children and their families

  • Teach the family about healthy coping mechanisms. In a time of social stress and having the family confined to one house, anxiety can rise among both adults and children.
  • A primary risk that must be addressed is the potential for child abuse. In addition to monitoring if abuse or neglect is taking place in the home, educate the family on the risks of abuse.