Developing the capacity to conduct threat assessments involves recruiting, training, and supporting professionals with special skills. The qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience of the members of the threat assessment team should include:

  • a questioning, analytical, and skeptical mindset;
  • training in the collection and evaluation of information from multiple sources;
  • discretion, and an appreciation for the importance of keeping information confidential, and of the possible harm that may result in the inappropriate release of information; and
  • Understanding the difference between harming and helping in an intervention.

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