70 percent of front-line child welfare workers have been victims of violence or threats in the line of duty and a review of the 585 exit interviews found that 90 percent of former child welfare workers experienced verbal threats, 30 percent experienced physical attacks, and 13 percent had been threatened with weapons. (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees)
Social workers are the backbone of many communities. Demands on their time and emotional bandwidth have increased dramatically over the past decade. The added concern of personal safety for social workers in an increasingly complex world is a challenge for every social worker and their employer.