Since we believe children cannot be safe without a network, we want to start listening and paying attention to who the family talks about from day 1, even before we formally start asking questions related to building a safety network.
When we ask questions, we want the family to come up with people who are involved in their lives. Sometimes we ask questions before mentioning that a safety network is critical. Some questions we might ask at this point include:
Many of you have probably experienced parents saying they have no one or very few people who support them or who could be a part of a network. Sometimes we have to ask questions to help them think through the potential challenges if they only have 1 or 2 people. In these situations, finding a workable context to bring into your questions is valuable. We might ask:
Think about a current family you are working with where there is some dispute about what happened.
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