Danger Statement

FFA-Ongoing Danger Statements

What is a danger statement?

A danger statement is the overall evaluation and assessment of the danger threats collectively. The danger statement is a behaviorally based statement in very clear, non-judgmental language that states the following:

1.)  What the parent/legal guardian’s actions were.

2.)  What the impact was/is on the child.

3.)  What the case manager is concerned about that could happen in the future.

The statements of danger are the agency’s bottom-line statements of what must be different for the family in order for intervention to cease. These statements are co-constructed with the family, when possible, and must be worded using language that everyone (both professional and family) can understand. Best chances for change occur when everyone can readily understand each other and work as a team.

What is the purpose of a danger statement?

A danger statement is used to identify what must change with respect to the diminished Caregiver Protective Capacities associated with danger threats. The information gathered during the exploration and engagement phases with the family will help provide ample background information so that this danger statement can be individualized according to the family’s strengths and needs. The danger statement serves as the framework for effective safety planning.

Utilizing “What” questions will help you to formulate the danger statement:

·         What is happening that requires CPI and CBC involvement?

·         What is the threat?

·         What must be different?

Tips on writing a danger statement:

·         Review with the parent/legal guardian the danger threat identified by the investigation

·        Focus on specific, observable behaviors

·         Avoid blame statements (i.e. Mary is not taking prescribed medication or attending appointment with the psychiatrist

·         Avoid terms that show judgment (i.e. she is controlling, he is in denial, she is an alcoholic, etc)

·         Families should be asked about the barriers and opportunities they see regarding what it will take to achieve success.

Sample Danger Statement:

·        Sara’s depression was out of control. Sara was not able to provide Ella with supervision due to her depression. Sara is aware of her depression and the danger for Ella when she does not have supervision, as Ella is dependent on Sara for protection. (mental health).

When it is not possible to reach full agreement with the family, the

danger statement may state clearly, that it represents what the

 case manager involved is concerned with.