Toolkits consist of multiple components to assist APS programs across policy and practice on a single topic. Tip sheets, presentation templates, sample policies and more are designed to be resources that investigators and administrators may use to enhance their programs practice and policy.
Personal Safety Toolkit
APS casework can create personal safety risk for staff conducting investigations, assessments, and home visits. The safety of personnel can have a noticeable impact on the ability of APS programs to provide services to the adults who need them most. Commitment to worker safety includes maintaining a safe work environment with a focus on prevention, mental health training, and emergency preparedness planning.
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a resource to administrators and front-line staff to increase the safety of APS staff. It includes helpful information such as a presentation slide template for basic training, smart technology tips, and policies and procedures. APS programs are encouraged to add program logos, emergency contact numbers, etc., to customize the templates to fit their needs. The APS TARC requests that any adapted materials be credited to us.
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APS TARC Resources
Personal Safety Webinar - APS TARC webinar that provides strategies for staff to reduce risk when they encounter potentially threatening situations that involve upset, emotionally charged, or angry clients or others. Handouts for this webinar are also available. Handouts: Slides | Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3 | Handout 4
Safety Training Presentation Slides - These slides can be used for training staff on personal safety.
Sample Policies and Procedures - A sample policy and procedure document that can be tailored to your organization's needs.
Self Defense on the Job Is Like Defensive Driving - APS Blog post on personal safety for APS workers.
Personal Safety Smartphone Apps - A list of iPhone and Android personal safety apps.
Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services - Adult Protective Services Field Safety Guide
Idaho Commision on Aging - Adult Protective Services Foundational Training, Safety Overview Training