Friday, July 30, 2010
Safety In the Workplace
Since the fall of 2008, a state wide Task Force has been meeting to create a system to maximize the safety of social worker in the workplace. This group of dedicated social work practitioners, executives, managers, faculty, and researchers will be launching the results of its work at a Safety Summit this fall in the Greater Boston area. The MA Chapter of NASW and Boston University School of Social Work are heading up the task force which will be releasing a new site on the NASW Home Page that will feature every possible resource for social workers to prevent violence in the workplace, address it in a timely way when it occurs and deal with the aftermath.
Already the group has submitted a new policy statement for the 2011 NASW Delegate Assembly to consider adding to its compendium of policies that appear in “Social Work Speaks”. In addition it is planning on submitting legislation that will safeguard social workers in the workplace. Lastly, it has put out a: CALL FOR TRAINERS” to begin the process of training of cadre of social workers that will be available to train worker and administrators on how to keep safe.
This extraordinary group of people is not going to wait for the next tragedy to occur to address the ever present of issue of violence against social workers. We applaud the members of the Task Force and will be looking for it materials on the NASW website beginning this fall.