Threats to kill

Follow this procedure when a threat to kill a child, parent or carer has been made.

Introduction

It is vital that practitioners and managers take notice of explicit or implicit threats to a child, parent or carer's safety, which are made by a parent or caregiver. Child protection practitioners must consult with a supervisor and take appropriate immediate and longer term action as required in these procedures.

For additional information see Threats to kill - advice.

Procedure

Case practitioner tasks

  • Consult your team manager in all cases where a threat has been made against the life of a child or young person, parent or carer, regardless of whether the threat was made in a report to child protection, or identified in the course of child protection involvement.
  • Record the outcome of consultation and any police advice on CRIS.
  • Place an alert against the person in CRIS if the alleged threat is substantiated.

Team manager tasks

  • Report a threat to kill a child, parent or carer to police unless, after considering the context and overall circumstances, you assess that the threat is not genuine.
  • Record the rationale in CRIS if a decision is made not to report to police.
  • Consider convening a case conference to plan intervention required to ensure a child’s safety following a threat to kill or injure a child. The case conference could be chaired by a senior practitioner, practice leader or yourself. If you do not convene a case conference, record your rationale in CRIS.
  • Decide whether sufficient safety exists to close a case following a death threat and record the rationale in CRIS.

Additional information

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