Child Health and Safety (Referral Program from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare)

Children holding letters that spell out safety. Registered nurses and environmental health specialists provide short-term assessment and intervention services focusing on health and safety issues, upon referral from the Department of Health and Welfare. Services are geared towards families with children between the ages of 0-18 years of age.



  • Reduce or eliminate time spent by a child in foster care or alternative placement.

  • Addressing and remedying safety and health issues.

  • Assuring protective interventions are enhanced.

  • Supporting family preservation and reunification efforts.

Nursing Services may include any of the following based on referral issue and need:

  • Obtain child health history and review health records.

  • Physical assessment of children birth to 18 years of age.

  • Developmental screening.

  • Assess the family's need for community resources and refer as appropriate.

  • Provide health education.

  • Refer to other disciplines as appropriate.

  • Home environmental assessment and recommendations for remediation.

Environmental Health Specialist Services may include any of the following:

  • Examine health and safety issues pertaining to physical hazards in the child's environment.

  • Examine health and safety issues pertaining to preparation and storage of food.

  • Examine the use and storage of hazardous items in and around the home.

  • Make recommendations regarding changes needed in the environment to protect the health and safety of children in the home.

  • Educate the family on environmental health and safety issues.

Services are only provided for families that are referred from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Last Updated September 4, 2014 1:28 PM      © 2008 South Central Public Health District