Protective intervention phase outcomes

Follow this procedure when the outcome of the protective intervention phase has been determined.

Document ID number 1024, version 3, 25 May 2017.

Introduction

For further information see Protective intervention outcomes-advice.

There are three possible outcomes in the protective intervention phase:

  1. Child protection intervention is no longer required and the case is moved to the closure phase.
  2. A protection order is made following a protection application being found proven and the case is moved to the protection order phase.
  3. A protection application does not result in a protection order and the case is moved to the closure phase.

The outcome of the protective intervention phase determines the action required.

Procedure

Case practitioner tasks if a protection order has been made

  • Record activity, decisions and rationales and complete CRIS fields.
  • Record the event outcome, including the matters heard, grounds proven (if applicable) and the order details.
  • Check if the case plan aligns with the order and any conditions. If it does not, a new version of the case plan will have to be prepared, endorsed and provided to the parents and young person within six weeks.

Case practitioner tasks if the case is to be closed

  • Obtain agreement of a team manager that case is to be closed.
  • Prepare a final version of the case plan that will constitute the closure plan.
  • Confirm that community support services are engaged to achieve sustained outcomes and record this in the actions table. A closure meeting may be appropriate where there are multiple services and professionals involved to confirm roles and responsibilities of those involved after child protection involvement ceases. This may also include confirming lead case management responsibility, where required.
  • Liaise with youth justice where relevant – see Youth Justice - protocol.
  • Obtain endorsements for case closure according to procedure when required (for example high-risk infant, report of child in contact with a sex offender).
  • Obtain endorsement of case plan from team manager.
  • Provide a copy of the endorsed case plan to the child and parents – see Case plan preparation and review - procedure.
  • Record activity, decisions and rationales, and complete CRIS fields.
  • Move to case closure - see case closure - procedure.

Supervisor tasks

  • Provide ongoing supervision and consultation.
  • Approve case decisions.

Team manager tasks

  • Endorse key decisions including case plan and closure.

Practice leader tasks

  • Provide consultation and endorse case closure decision when case involves a high-risk infant report.

Principal practitioner tasks

  • Provide consultation and endorse case closure decision when case originated with a report of a child in contact with a sex offender.

Additional information

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