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Safety Planning for Abused Children; Using a Multidisciplinary Approach

Safety Planning for Abused Children; Using a Multidisciplinary Approach

Thomas F. Carr, M.A., LMFT, LMHC, LCSW
Thomas F. Carr & Associates Inc.
9 Kinsman Place
Natick, Massachusetts 01760-2732
United States of America
01-508-650-1811
Fax 01-508-650-3621
TFCARRLMFT@aol.com
www.ThomasCarrLMFT.com
www.PastoralResponse.org

Abstract
Safety Plans are formal arrangements, most often drafted for child abuse and neglect cases that are Court involved, in which a Guardian ad Litem [GAL] is appointed by the Court to monitor. These plans may enable contact, even placement, of a child with a parent who may have been found or suspected to have perpetrated some form of abuse to the child, or may pose a risk to the child for some other reason(s).

In a variety of these cases, where the violence or trauma is of known or unknown origin or merely suspected; (including sexual abuse, shaken baby syndrome and Munchausen’s [Syndrome] by Proxy) safety plans can be developed, using a multidisciplinary approach to consider safety issues, assessment of risk and deployment and implementation of services.

Key words: safety plan, multidisciplinary team, Guardian ad Litem [GAL], child abuse, domestic violence, dependency cases, trauma


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Thomas F. Carr

Thomas F. Carr, M.A., LMFT, LMHC, LCSW
Thomas F. Carr & Associates Inc.
9 Kinsman Place
Natick, Massachusetts 01760-2732
United States of America
01-508-650-1811
Fax 01-508-650-3621
TFCARRLMFT@aol.com
www.ThomasCarrLMFT.com
www.PastoralResponse.org


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Keywords: safety plan, multidisciplinary team, Guardian ad Litem [GAL], child abuse, domestic violence, dependency cases, trauma, community psychology, gjcpp, 2nd ICCP