Academic journal article Field Educator

Field Educators Help Enact Safety Legislation in Massachusetts

Academic journal article Field Educator

Field Educators Help Enact Safety Legislation in Massachusetts

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In February 2013 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation that creates guidelines to promote social work safety in the workplace. Massachusetts field educators and field directors played a key role on the statewide task force convened by NASW MA that worked on the legislation.

As a result of a violent death of a social worker on a home visit in 2008, the state-wide Safety Task Force came together to determine the best strategies for making the social work profession as safe as possible. As stakeholders, field educators and field directors from Massachusetts's schools of social work took a central role on the task force. Bill Fisher, Director of Field Education at Springfield College and taskforce member stated,

"This landmark legislation has a direct and important influence on social work education by now requiring agencies to have in place safety plans and training for staff. …

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