Concluding protective intervention - advice

This advice provides information regarding concluding the protective intervention phase.

Document ID number 2042, version 3, 25 May 2017.

Introduction

See procedure Protective intervention phase outcomes for tasks that must be undertaken.

A case remains in protective intervention phase until one of the following occurs:

  • A protection order is made. The case then proceeds to protection order phase.
  • The court decides not to make a protection order either because the application is not found proven or the application is withdrawn. The case then proceeds to closure phase.
  • In the absence of a protection application, the protective concerns have been sufficiently addressed and no further child protection involvement is required.

It is at these three points of decision making that the concluding stage of protective intervention phase begins. For the practitioner there are a number of casework actions and tasks to be completed.

Risk reduced - case to proceed to closure phase

Aboriginal decision making

In accordance with the principles of case planning for an Aboriginal child, ACSASS must be consulted in relation to all case planning decisions.

Where appropriate, ACSASS must be invited to participate in decision making meetings. Placement planning, Aboriginal family-led decision making and family group conferences that occur as part of case planning are included in the decision making forums that ACSASS should be invited to if this is in accordance with the wishes of the child and their family. ACSASS may wish to attend a closure home visit to the family, where they have been directly involved previously. See procedure Additional requirements for Aboriginal children.

No protection order made – case to proceed to closure phase

In situations where it is essential to discuss case plans or information related to referrals with another person not already authorised to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child, the practitioner must, in writing, authorise the person to receive the information. A copy of this authorisation should be placed on the client file. See advice Information sharing.

If a decision has been made to close the case with support services and programs in place, a case closure meeting will assist in the clarifying of roles and responsibilities of all services after child protection involvement ceases, including confirmation of lead case management responsibility, where required. This will also assure the family that support and monitoring will continue and make clear what actions need to be taken if circumstances change and risks increase.

If the Court decides not to make a protection order either because the application is not found proven or the application is withdrawn then there is no further basis for child protection to be involved with the family. As such, the case then proceeds to closure phase.

Protection order made – case to proceed to protection order phase

Once a protection application is found proven and a protection order is made the case automatically proceeds to the protection order phase and the practitioner needs to complete the recording requirements in CRIS.

If a case is to be transferred to a different practitioner or a different team it may also be necessary to arrange a handover meeting and a meeting to introduce the child and the family to the practitioner taking responsibility for the case.

Additional information

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