Safe Exchange & Supervised Visitation (SESV)
SESV providers participate in the Children’s Law Institute to obtain required continuing education units.
In 2016 SESV presented our first CLI Pre-Session: My Personal Safety as a Safe Exchange & Supervised Visitation Provider and In My Everyday Life presented by Judge Conrad F. Perea. The presentation can be found here.
The following link is for the Children’s Law Institute which is a great resource for additional training information for the child welfare community.
From their website:
“The Children’s Law Institute (CLI) is a statewide, multi-disciplinary conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Over more than twenty years it has grown from a small gathering of lawyers to an event attracting over 1,000 educators, child welfare workers, judges, lawyers, juvenile justice personnel, advocates, foster parents, young people, lawmakers, and others. The CLI has a well-earned reputation for providing New Mexico with the most up-to-date information on the law, best practices and changing trends locally and nationally, as well as vital opportunities to network and share information.
The CLI is organized in a multi-agency collaboration led by the Children’s Court Improvement Commission of the New Mexico Supreme Court and sponsored by the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at New Mexico State University, the NM Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Protective Service and Juvenile Justice Divisions, the UNM School of Law’s Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center, the Rozier E. Sanchez Judicial Education Center, the NM CASA Network and a number of community organizations.”
SESV Training Requiements
The service providers have met all requirements in the Standards of Practice, including an initial 24 hours of training required of visitation monitors (only 16 for Safe Exchange monitors) on topics including the following:
- The New Mexico Court Standards for Safe Exchange & Supervised Visitation
- Safety for all participants
- Role of the provider
- Record-keeping procedures
- Child abuse reporting laws
- Conflicts of interest, confidentiality, screening, interviewing, monitoring and terminating visits
- Developmental needs of children
- Issues relating to domestic violence
- Child abuse and neglect
- Sexual abuse
- Substance abuse, legal responsibilities and obligations of a provider, and cultural sensitivity.
Persons managing a SESV program must have an additional 16 hours of training in:
- Developing budgets and sliding fee scales
- Managing staff and volunteers
- Records retention and data reporting
- Working with the Courts, law enforcement, and other local service providers
The Court Standards also require that staff engaged in direct visitation and exchanges obtain an additional 10 hours of training annually in topics related to the program. AOC assists the service providers by offering training when budget permits.