CSPM August 2011 updates

Child Safety Practice Manual - CSPM_Aug2011

Released online on 29 August 2011.

This release includes practice changes and amendments to the following chapters:

  • Practice maps
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Intake
  • Chapter 2. Investigation and assessment
  • Chapter 3. Ongoing intervention
  • Chapter 4. Case planning
  • Chapter 5. Children in out-of-home care
  • Chapter 6. Intervention with parental agreement
  • Chapter 7. Support service cases
  • Chapter 8. Regulation of care
  • Chapter 9. Matters of concern
  • Chapter 10. General
  • Glossary
  • Acronyms

Practice maps

Intake phase

  • New reference to “refer to investigation and assessment map” following a notification response.

Investigation and assessment phase

  • Removal of investigation and assessment plan. This documentation is no longer required in ICMS.
  • New reference to “Refer to relevant OI map” in response to Ongoing intervention – Support service case and Ongoing intervention – IPA or Child protection order.

Ongoing intervention – Support service case

  • New practice map for OI – Support service case
  • Outlines assessment, plan, implement and review processes for a support service case.

All sections

  • Ex- gratia - special payments - compensation for property loss, damage or personal injury caused by clients of the department policy has been rescinded, and replaced by Special Payments (including Ex-gratia) policy.
  • Family Support Program, Disability Services no longer exists, and has been replaced by Growing Stronger.
  • All references to a guardian (for a child subject to long-term guardianship to a suitable person), are now referred to as 'long-term guardian'. This reflects the new definition in the Child Protection Act 1999.
  • Long-term guardians are included in the definitions of parent in the Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23,37,51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117, 205, and as a result will be treated as parents in the event that:
    • a notification is recorded about their care of the child
    • an application is made for a TAO, TCO, CAO or CPO.
  • During court proceedings, long-term guardians will have a right of appeal, be a respondent and also have appeal rights in QCAT.

Chapter 1. Intake

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

1.1 Gather intake information from the notifier

  • Incorporates information from the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol'.
  • Inclusion of information about the legislative provisions for notifier confidentiality.
  • Clarification of the procedure to record two intake events if concerns are received about an adolescent parent and their child.
  • Inclusion of information about responding to:
    • a notifier who visits a CSSC
    • concerns about a child subject to ongoing intervention
    • matters of concern by the RIS, CSSC or CSAHSC
    • adoption enquiries
    • information about a child death
    • information about fabricated or induced illness
  • Includes reference to the practice guide: Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor.

1.2 Determine if a matter is an intake enquiry

  • Incorporation of the additional legislative amendment s.14(3) – reporting to QPS regardless of the Child Safety response.
  • Inclusion of 'Respond to harm by a person living outside the home' - moved from section 5.3.

1.3 Conduct a child protection history check

  • Additional information on the record and document checks required.
  • Inclusion of the legislative definition of cumulative harm.

1.4 Conduct a pre-notification check, if required

  • Clarification about when a pre-notification check ceases.
  • Removal of the recognised entity as an external source for pre-notification checks.

1.5 Conduct urgent criminal and domestic violence history checks, if required

  • The separation of this content about history checks from '1.4 Conduct a pre-notification check, if required'.
  • Updated information about the type of information obtained from QPS about domestic violence.

2.1 Consult with the recognised entity

  • Clarification of information in relation to consent from the pregnant woman in unborn child matters – this must occur prior to any contact with the recognised entity.

2.2 Complete the screening criteria

  • Additional statement that the screening criteria is not used for intake enquiries.

2.3 Complete the response priority

  • Additional information about timeframes for the transfer of the investigation and assessment to the investigating CSSC.

2.6 Decide the response

  • Additional information from the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol', outlining procedures where a CCR is recorded on behalf of another RIS.
  • Reference to the new practice resource: Regional intake services workflow, added.
  • Clarification that a new intake event is recorded if additional concerns are received when an intake event with a CCR response remains open.

3. Record the outcome and provide to the relevant CSSC or RIS

  • Heading renamed to incorporate the role of the RIS.

3.1 Record intake information

  • Additional information to incorporate the transfer process from a RIS to a CSSC.
  • Reference added to the new practice resource: Regional intake services workflow.

3.2 Record an intake enquiry

  • Inclusion of advice that intake enquiry information is not provided to a CSSC.

3.3 Record a child concern report

  • Additional dot points referring to the Police Referral fax and the need to provide feedback to the notifier where applicable.
  • Additional information to incorporate the role of the RIS in transferring information to a CSSC.

3.4 Record a notification

  • Removal of the reference to completing a departmental history report.
  • Additional dot points referring to the Police Referral fax and the need to provide feedback to the notifier where applicable.
  • Additional information to incorporate the role of the RIS in transferring information to a CSSC within certain timeframes.

4. Heading renamed to Provide relevant intake information to external agencies to better reflect the section contents.

  • All subsections reordered and renumbered.

4.1 Provide feedback to government and non government agencies

  • Section transferred – previously 5.2.

4.2 Provide feedback to SCAN team core member agencies

  • Section transferred – previously 4.1.
  • Inclusion of a reference to section4.3 Provide feedback to SCAN team core member agencies.
  • Inclusion of the CSSC role to provide feedback to notifiers if a notification response is reassessed.

4.3 Provide feedback to SCAN team core member agencies

  • Section transferred – previously 4.2.
  • Additional information to incorporate the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol' procedures and roles.
  • Clarification of the CSSC role to provide feedback to SCAN representatives if a Child Safety response is reassessed.
  • Inclusion of the role of the RIS team leader in attending an ICM.

4.4 Provide subsequent feedback following a decision to downgrade a notification

  • Clarification that a notification is not to be downgradedretrospectively, in response to receiving subsequent mitigating information about the child protection concerns already recorded and approved.
  • Clarification that in circumstances where a decision is made by the CSSC manager to downgrade a notification, any professional notifier must be informed of the decision and provided with the rationale for the decision.
  • Information added stating that for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, the decision to record a notification is a significant decision, and the recognised entity must be provided with the opportunity to participate in any subsequent decision to downgrade a notification to a CCR.

5. Provide intake information to the relevant CSSC or another agency - removed and incorporated into section 4 above.

What ifs?

1. What if the child protection concerns are about a child in another jurisdiction?

  • In Alerts section - Inclusion of reference to resource: Information sharing protocol between the Commonwealth and child protection agencies.
  • Inclusion of references to relevant sections in the CSPM.

7. What if the child is an unaccompanied humanitarian minor?

  • Rewording of general enquiry to intake enquiry to reflect ICMS changes.
  • Inclusion of reference to a new resource: Practice guide: Unaccompanied humanitarian minor wards.

9. What if an alert needs to be recorded in ICMS?

  • Inclusion of link to Chapter 5, where new content is recorded regarding procedures when a child in out-of-home care is missing.

10. What if an intake relates to a child subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person?

  • Additional information to incorporate the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol' procedures and roles.

12. What if a CCR is to be reassessed following a decision at an ICM?

  • Additional information to incorporate the RIS team leader role.
  • Clarification that a notification cannot subsequently be downgraded where discussion has occurred at an ICM.
  • Inclusion of reference to the ICM and SCAN Team System Manual.

13. What if there is disagreement with a RIS intake decision?

  • Additional information to incorporate the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol' procedures and roles.
  • Inclusion of information about downgrading a notification, the need to provide the opportunity to the recognised entity to participate in decision making, and a reference to Chapter 10.12 Downgrading or deleting an approved notification.
  • Inclusion of requirement to inform a professional notifier of the change to the intake response.

14. What if the family resides in the south east region and is eligible for a referral to the family support alliance?

  • Additional information to incorporate the role of a RIS when transferring information to the south east region RIS.

15. What if information is received about a child death?

  • New content.
  • Clarifies that a deceased child will be recorded as an 'other child' not a 'subject child'.
  • Clarifies that where there are child protection concerns reported in relation to the deceased child's sibling, any other child or unborn child within the household, record the child as a subject child in either the CCR or notification, depending on the assessed level of harm or risk of harm.

16. What if information is received about fabricated or induced illnesses?

  • New content.
  • Clarifies what fabricated or induced illness is in relation to child protection matters.
  • Outlines additional intake procedures, including the need for the team leader or manager to contact CSAHSC to seek further guidance about how the case will be managed, prior to undertaking any further action in relation to the case.

 

Chapter 2. Investigation and assessment

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • Changes to this chapter reflects that a long-term guardian is defined as a parent in the Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205.
  • Changed 'guardian' to 'long-term guardian' to reflect the new definition in the Child Protection Act 1999.
  • Changes to this chapter include the specific legislative requirements to both a long-term guardian and a parent when particular powers are exercised. In some cases, the obligations to a long-term guardian and parent vary.
  • Outlines the legislative and procedural requirements when a notification relates to concerns about a long-term guardian's care of a child. The long-term guardian has the same rights as a parent during the investigation and assessment.

Authority

  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205 – definition of parent.
  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 15, 17, 18, 20, 27, 32, 41, 51AK.

1.1 Plan the investigation and assessment

  • Clarifies that a notification can be recorded for a child subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person when the concerns relate to the long-term guardian's care.

2.1 Commence the investigation and assessment

  • Clarification that a pregnant woman must consent to the investigation and assessment prior to being interviewed.

2.2 Inform the parents about the allegation of harm

  • Outlines the legislative requirement to provide details of the alleged harm to at least one of the long-term guardians. In addition, at least one of the child's parents are advised when it is assessed to be in the child's best interests.

2.3 Interview and sight the child

  • Additional information clarifying that when the subject child is also a parent of a child, and child protection concerns are identified for their child during the investigation and assessment, the child cannot be added as a subject child and a separate notification and investigation and assessment must be completed in relation to the child's specific protection and care needs.

2.4 Interview the parents and other adults

  • Additional information added, as above, when the subject child is also a parent of a child.

2.6 Completing the safety assessment

  • If required, a TCO can be used as a placement intervention as part of a safety plan.
  • Custody of a new born child can be secured via a TCO.

2.7 Gather information from other sources

  • Additional information stating that under the Child Protection Act 1999, section 95(3), a request to QPS for criminal and domestic violence history reports can be undertaken at any time a decision is being made in relation to a child.

3.2 Determine whether the child is in need of protection

  • This section has been reorganised to reflect ICMS changes relating to investigation and assessment outcomes, including:
    • changes to the questions that need to be answered to determine the outcome
    • the inclusion of the two new outcomes 'unsubstantiated - ongoing intervention continues' and 'substantiated - ongoing intervention continues' and
    • criminal and domestic violence history reports can be undertaken at any time a decision is being made in relation to a child.
  • Additional information clarifying that when the subject child is also a parent of a child, and child protection concerns are identified for their child during the investigation and assessment, the child cannot be added as a subject child and a separate notification and investigation and assessment must be completed in relation to the child's specific protection and care needs.

4.3 Record the investigation, assessment and outcome

  • Inclusion of references to the Child Protection Act 1999, section 14(3), in relation to the requirement to advise QPS of matters, regardless of the Child Safety response.
  • The inclusion of new information to explain the new harm tables in ICMS, which includes recording the abusive action and the resulting harm separately from recording the unacceptable risk of harm for a child.
  • Including additional information in relation to recording the person responsible for the most serious harm for a child.
  • Removal of outcome information, which has been included in '3.2 Determine whether the child is in need of protection'.
  • The inclusion of new requirements in ICMS to record the type of ongoing intervention planned for each subject child.

4.4 Inform the parents about the outcome of the investigation and assessment

  • Outlines the legislative requirement to provide details of the investigation and assessment outcome to at least one of the long-term guardians. In addition, at least one of the child's parents are advised when it is assessed to be in the child's best interests.

What ifs?

1. What if an investigation and assessment case needs to be transferred?

  • The inclusion of information from the 'RIS and CSSC Interim Protocol' about transferring investigation and assessment cases to the relevant CSSC, including required timeframes for the three response timeframes - immediately (24 hours), within three days (five days) or within five days (10 days)

2. What if a parent will not consent to actions required - use of a TAO?

  • Change of timeframe from three days to three business days.
  • Outlines the legislative and procedural requirements when considering a TAO for a child with a long-term guardian. Reasonable attempts are taken to obtain the consent of the long-term guardian to take actions sought to be authorised under the TAO. Consent from the parent is not required.
  • Updated to specify that immediately after a TAO is granted, at least one of the child's long-term guardians and parents are informed.

3. What if a parent will not consent to actions required - use of a CAO?

  • Duration of the CAO: reworded to clarify that an application for a child protection order granting custody or guardianship must be made before a CAO expires, and the CAO continues until the application is decided, unless the Childrens Court orders an earlier end to the order.
  • When considering a CAO application, the Childrens Court must consider the views of Child Safety when deciding about contact between a child and their family for the time the child is in the custody of the chief executive.
  • Outlines the legislative requirements when considering a CAO for a child with a long-term guardian. When a CAO is applied for, the child's long-term guardians are served the documentation, and reasonable attempts are made to serve the parents. When a CAO is granted, both the long-term guardians and parents are advised.

4. What if a joint investigation with QPS is required?

  • New procedural requirement for releasing notifier information, which requires CCCS manager approval.
  • Amendment to state that Child Safety and QPS officers may make a referral to a SCAN team when the case meets the mandatory referral criteria.

5. What if a child needs to be interviewed without parental consent – section 17?

  • Specifies the requirements if an investigation and assessment relates to concerns for a child in the care of the long-term guardian, and the child is interviewed using the powers under the Child Protection Act 1999, section 17 - at least one of the long-term guardians are advised.

7. What if the investigation and assessment is for an unborn child?

  • Amendment to the procedure to clarify actions that may be required after the birth of a child, including actions required where the child is at immediate risk and the possible use of the Child Protection Act 1999, section 18, a TAO, CAO or TCO to ensure the child's safety.
  • An I&A only needs to be recorded for a new born child when further assessment is required.
  • Where an I&A completed prior to birth had a 'substantiated – child in need of protection' outcome and a support service case is not currently open, either commence the most appropriate type of ongoing intervention, or record a notification (when it is determined that an up-to-date risk assessment is required).
  • Where no further assessment is required, a TCO may be applied for.

8. What if a child is at immediate risk of harm - use of section 16 or 18?

  • Section 18 has been amended to include the option to apply for a TCO within eight hours.
  • Outlines the requirement that when a child who is subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person is taken into custody (section 18), reasonable steps are taken to inform at least one of the long-term guardians of this action, and reasonable attempts are made to advise the parents.

10. What if a child needs to be placed under an assessment care agreement?

  • An assessment care agreement can now can be entered into with one parent only, if it is impractical to gain the consent of the other parent, or reasonable attempts have been made to do s
  • An assessment care agreement cannot be made with one parent only if the other parent refuses to enter the agreement
  • If an assessment care agreement was entered into with one parent only, either parent may end the agreement
  • If an assessment care agreement is entered into with only one parent, make reasonable attempts to give a copy of the agreement to the other parent, and obtain the other parent's consent, after the agreement has been entered into.
  • If an assessment care agreement is entered into with only one parent, record all attempts to contact and obtain consent from the other parent.

 

Chapter 3. Ongoing intervention

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • A long-term guardian is defined as parent in the Child Protection Act 1999, sections 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205.
  • Changed 'guardian' to 'long-term guardian' to reflect the new definition in the Child Protection Act 1999.
  • Outlines when to extend, vary or revoke a child protection order.
  • Outlines the new transition order.

Authority

  • The Ex-gratia - special payments - compensation for property loss, damage or personal injury caused by clients of the department policy has been rescinded, and replaced by Special Payments (including Ex-gratia) policy
  • Inclusion of four policies:
    • Policy No. 296: High Support Needs Allowance
    • Policy No. 289: Respite Placements and Dual Fortnightly Caring Allowance
    • Policy No. 609: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
    • Policy No. 610: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities
  • Includes new sections of the Child Protection Act 1999 - 51AA to 51AM.
  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 51AK, 51VA, 80A, 117, schedule 2
  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205 – definition of parent.

1.1 Consider the type of intervention required

  • Makes explicit that the team leader decides the most appropriate type of ongoing intervention required.
  • Includes reference to practice guide: Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor.

1.2 Decide the type of intervention - child in need of protection

  • Inclusion of dot point about obtaining information from other agencies or professionals to support a child protection order application.

1.3 Decide the type of intervention - child not in need of protection

  • Clarification of information on support service cases.

1.6 Record case management information in ICMS

  • Addition of a dot point around the team leader including the start and end date of each new ongoing intervention type in the case management tab in ICMS.

2.1 General factors informing decision-making about the type of order

  • Inclusion of dot points on considerations when deciding the most appropriate child protection order.

2.2 Apply for a directive order

  • Inclusion of a dot point about the child's case plan clearly specifying how the order will be implemented and monitored.
  • Addition of information about providing parents with a copy of the order and a written notice explaining the terms of the order and their right to appeal.

2.3 Apply for a supervision order

  • Addition of information about providing parents with a copy of the order and a written notice explaining the terms of the order and their right to appeal.

2.4 Apply for a short-term custody order

  • Addition of information about providing parents with a copy of the order and a written notice explaining the terms of the order and their right to appeal.

2.6 Apply for a long-term guardianship order

  • Additional information is included in relation to the potential LTG's ongoing legal obligations to the child, parents and Child Safety (including allowing CE to have 12 monthly contact with the child following the making of the order).
  • Revised case plan, to be submitted to the Childrens Court upon the application for an order granting guardianship to a suitable person, is to incorporate additional key items specific to LTG other.
  • Information is to be obtained from other Child Safety and Foster and Kinship Care Service staff re recommended LTG order and if applicable, potential guardians likely ability and willingness to fulfil all guardianship obligations for the duration of the order.
  • Views of child will be obtained wherever possible, re recommended LTG order and if applicable, likelihood guardians will meet information provision and family contact obligations, until the child turns 18 years of age.
  • Assessment interviews with child, parents and potential guardians will include the provision of written material re LTG other, and a discussion re the full implications of the order, as explained in the resources.
  • Advice re when/how to seek, from the Childrens Court, provisions which restrict the potential guardians legal obligations re the provision of information to, or contact with, parents and other family members.
  • Advice regarding additional assessment considerations which will, or may, lead to a decision to apply for LTG to CE, instead of LTG to a suitable person.
  • New information regarding discussing the assessment outcome with all parties and the best interests principle (in situations of conflict).
  • Quality assurance mechanisms added, including consulting team leader or senior practitioner if LTG other assessment is complex or sensitive and the introduction of the Decision-making checklist for CSSC managers.
  • 'RE participation forms' in ICMS will be attached to all information submitted to the CSSC manager.
  • Additional actions required following the making of a LTG other order – eg. Providing CHP, copy of birth certificate etc.

2.8 Apply to extend, vary, revoke or revoke and make a new application for a child protection order

  • Inclusion of information about consulting the recognised entity.
  • Makes explicit the need to consider the child's need for emotional security and stability when applying to extend or make a further child protection order. This emphasises the need for timely permanency decisions.
  • Outlines the total duration of a child protection order and that applications to extend or vary, can not exceed the maximum timeframe as set out.
  • Specifies the exact child protection orders which can be varied. Makes a distinction between types of order and the subsections within a type. The types of child protection order which can be varied:
    • directive orders
    • supervision order
    • short-term custody orders
    • long-term guardianship orders
  • Where there is an application to revoke a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person, the Childrens Court must consider the child's need for emotional security and stability as well as whether the revocation of the order is appropriate and desirable for the child's protection.

2.9 Apply for a Transition order

  • Outlines the new transition order, which can be made by the Court when the Court decides not to extend or grant a further order or when an order is revoked or appealed. The Court can set a future end date for the existing child protection order of no more than 28 days, when deemed necessary to enable the gradual transition of the child into their parents care to minimise any disruption and trauma to the child.
  • Outlines the legislative and procedural requirements regarding the preparation of a transition plan. The transition plan outlines the support to be provided to the child during the period of the transition order.

3.1 Undertake case planning and review processes

  • Briefly outlines specific requirements for a child subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person - and for further information refer to 1. What if a suitable person has long-term guardianship?

4.1 Prepare for case closure

  • Inclusion of dot points about factors to be considered when a support service case or a case involving a child in need of protection is to be closed.

What ifs?

1. What if a suitable person has long-term guardianship?

  • Outlines the requirements after the granting of a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person, including the new legislative and procedural requirements to contact with the child at least every 12 months so that the child can comment on or make a request for a review of their case plan. The long-term guardian must allow such contact.
  • Updated content regarding Special Payments (including Ex-gratia) policy – all guardians may now make a claim, not just approved carers who are subsequently granted LTG other.
  • Family Support Program, Disability Services, has been replaced by Growing Stronger.
  • A support service case can be opened following a young people turning 18 years old, where the long-term guardian had been the child's foster or kinship carer prior to the making of the long-term guardianship order to a suitable person.
  • Outlines the obligations of the long-term guardian if the child is no longer cared for by the long-term guardian (Child Protection Act 1999, section 80A).
  • Outlines procedures and requirements when a decision is made to revoke a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person. The long-term guardian will be a respondent during proceedings, treated as a parent and as such will be afforded the same appeal rights.

2. What if new child protection concerns are received?

  • Reorganising of information and addition of more detailed procedures on possible responses when new child protection concerns are received during ongoing intervention.
  • Clarifies that the response to concerns about the long-term guardian's care of a child, should be responded to in accordance with the process for a child in the general community.

3. What if an ongoing intervention case needs to be transferred to another CSSC?

  • Inclusion of information about management of cases when a child is temporarily residing in a different location from their parents including their admission to a hospital or placement in a boarding school.
  • Inclusion of information about beginning required case work tasks and the need for placement stability prior to initiating case transfer.
  • Inclusion of a dot point about informing other agencies of a case transfer.

8. What if a matter is referred to the SCAN team system?

  • Updated information to reflect the changes to the SCAN team system

9. What if immediate custody is required for a child in need of protection - use of a TCO?

  • ATCO can be sought to ensure the immediate safety of a child, who has been assessed as being in need of protection, while a decision is made about the most appropriate action to meet the child's ongoing protection and care needs (for example, applying for a CPO).
  • A TCO cannot remain in effect for longer than three business days, from midnight on the date it was decided, for example, a TCO decided on Tuesday will end on Friday.
  • If intending to apply for a child protection order, a TCO can be extended for one business day after the day it was due to expire.
  • Under the Child Protection Act 1999, section 99, a custody provision made in a TCO will continue until the application for a child protection order is decided
  • When considering a TCO for child subject to long-term guardianship to a suitable person, the long-term guardian will have the same rights as a parent. Contact at least one of the long-term guardians to provide them with a copy of the order, explain the terms and effect of the order, and inform them of the right to appeal.

10. What if there is a change in the individuals residing in the family home?

  • Inclusion of information about actions required when a parent advises there has been a change in the people residing in the family home.

Chapter 4. Case planning

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • References to 'guardian' have been changed to 'long-term guardian' to be consistent with the Child Protection Act 1999.

Authority

  • Child Protection Act 1999 sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205 – definition of parent.
  • Child Protection Act 1999 – 51VA.

1.2 Assess the child's strengths and needs

  • Clarifies that child strengths and needs, the family reunification and parental strengths and needs are not completed when a child has a long-term guardian.
  • Outlines the requirement that when a decision is made to vary a long-term guardianship order from a suitable person to the chief executive, undertake a case plan review as outlined in this chapter.

3.1 Convene a family group meeting

  • The convenor must advise participants that information in relation to any incidents of harm to a child which may have involved a criminal offence discussed at the FGM, must be provided to QPS, with or without the consent of the participants

3.3 Record, endorse and distribute the case plan

  • A new section and applies, in addition to 3.2, to ensure key items specific to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person are included in the case plan to be submitted to the Childrens Court upon an application for the order.

4.1 Actively implement the case plan

  • Respond to harm or risk of harm: amended to include:
    • updated procedural requirements in relation to the receipt of an IJIS notifications (Criminal court matter alert) or criminal or civil court matter via an 'IJIS Electronic transfer of court result (ETCR) alert' email.
    • Alerts: a new section in relation to the recording of alerts on a child and family, if required.

3.4 Record, endorse and distribute the case plan

  • Requirement to endorse the case plan within 10 business days.
  • Additional content has been added to clarify that case plan will include key items specific to the decision to apply for a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person, prior to being endorsed.
  • Briefly outlines the requirements that when varying a long-term guardianship order from a suitable person to the chief executive, complete the case plan process as outlined in this chapter.

4.1 Actively implement the case plan

  • Briefly outlines the specific case plan review requirements for a child with a long-term guardian.

4.2 Implement Child Safety contact requirements

  • Briefly outlines the minimum contact requirements for a child and their long-term guardian – at least every 12 months.

5.1 Complete the review and revision process

  • Addition of information that the convenor must advise participants that information in relation to any incidents of harm discussed at the FGM which may have involved the commission of a criminal offence relation to a child, must be provided to QPS, with or without the consent of the participants.
  • Briefly outlines the case plan review requirements for a child subject to long-term guardianship to a suitable person. The child and long-term guardian are to be contacted at least every 12 months to offer them an opportunity to have the child's case plan reviewed.
  • Includes a minor amendment specifying that a child strengths and needs and parental strengths and needs are not completed for a child with a long-term guardian.

5.3 Assess whether reunification can occur

  • The family reunification assessment is not used for children on a temporary custody order and placed in an out-of-home care placement.

5.6 Complete the review report

  • Outlines the requirement to record a 'Long-term guardianship to a suitable person – Contact and review report' when a child has a long-term guardian. For further information refer to 5.10 Long-term guardianship to a suitable person – case plan review.

5.10 Long-term guardianship to a suitable person – case plan review

  • New information about the legislative and procedures requirements in relation to reviewing a case plan for a child who has a long-term guardian.
  • Requirement to contact the child, and long-term guardian, to provide an opportunity for the child to ask questions and make comment about their case plan, and to request a case plan review. After each contact with the child, complete new ICMS form “Long-term guardianship to a suitable person – Contact and review report”. This form is also completed when a case plan review takes place.
  • At any time, the child or the long-term guardian may ask the chief executive to review the child's case plan. In addition, Child Safety may consider it necessary to review the case plan, without it being requested. Outlines that in exceptional circumstances the chief executive may decide not to review the case plan. The decision not to review the child's case plan constitutes a 'reviewable decision' (Child Protection Act 1999, schedule 2).
  • When a revised case plan is required, meet with relevant people. Complete new ICMS form “Long-term guardianship to a suitable person – Case plan”.

What ifs?

7. What if there is a change in the individuals residing in the family home?

  • Inclusion of information about actions required when a parent advises there has been a change in the people residing in the family home.

Chapter 5. Children in out-of-home care

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • Includes references throughout the chapter referring to long-term guardians (instead of guardians)
  • References to 'guardian' have been changed to 'long-term guardian' to be consistent with the Child Protection Act 1999.

Authority

  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205 – definition of parent.
  • Inclusion of Policy No. 610: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

1.2 Gather information to inform placement matching

  • Inclusion of a dot point about gathering information about prescribed medications, including psychotropic medications
  • Revisions to information about the placement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child

1.4 Determine the most suitable placement type

  • Inclusion of new resource “A guide to the placement of young people in therapeutic residential services” in table 'Placement types and approval requirements'.
  • Inclusion of policy and procedural requirements when a the department , Child Safety and Disability Services employee is an approved foster or kinship carer or becomes an applicant. Outlines the different requirements for non-direct and direct service delivery staff. For further information, refer to Chapter 8, 12. What if a carer applicant, or an approved carer, is a departmental employee?

1.8 Assess the provision of placement information to parents 

  • For a child subject to a temporary custody order, an assessment must be conducted prior to the placement, to decide the provision of placement information to parents.
  • For a child subject to a temporary custody order a CSSC manager CSAHSC manager or team leader will approve the assessment of the provision of placement information to parents outcome
  • Updated to specify that when a child is no longer in their long-term guardian's care and is subject to an assessment order, TCO or interim custody order, the long-term guardian will have the same rights as parents with regard to information provision and appeal rights.

1.9 Complete a placement agreement

  • Inclusion of a dot point in relation to gathering information about prescribed medications prescribed, including psychotropic medications
  • Inclusion of a dot point about documenting a carer's commitment to provide care in accordance with the Child Protection Act 1999, section 83(7)

1.10 Provide placement information to parents

  • Amended information to include a respite placement decision as a reviewable decision and that a respite plan is to be included in written advice to parent and child.
  • For a child subject to a temporary custody order, Child Safety must tell the child's parents in whose care the child is placed and where the child is living, inform parents of the rationale for the decision and the option available to have the decision reviewed, tell the child what placement information has been, or will be, provided to their parents, and inform the child of the reasons for the decision and the option available to have the decision reviewed.
  • Includes the requirement to advise the long-term guardians of the placement information or decision to withhold placement information as per the requirements to a parent, when a child is no longer in their long-term guardian's care and is subject to an assessment order, TCO or interim custody order.

1.11 Place the child in out-of-home care

  • Inclusion of “Consider a referral to the CSAHSC – Foster and Kinship Care Support Line” for when a carer may require additional support outside business hours to support the child's needs in placement. Outlines circumstances when a carer may require additional support.
  • Inclusion of “Foster and Kinship Care Support Line Referral Form”.
  • Includes the requirement to advise long-term guardians about the child's placement when applicable.

2.3 Develop a child health passport

  • Inclusion of detailed guidelines on management of psychotropic medication for a child in out-of-home care.
  • Amended the definition of the commencement of a child health passport. A child health passport commences when Child Safety has sent letters to a health professional and dentist requesting an appointment, or when confirmation of a medical appointment has been received.
  • Provided definitions about health professional, health appraisal and health assessment.
  • Clarified under what circumstances a health appraisal or health assessment is appropriate.
  • Streamlined information gathering processes.

2.4 Ensure the development of an education support plan

  • Inclusion of a dot point about considering the potential impacts of prescribed psychotropic medications on a child's achievement and functioning.

2.5 Facilitate and monitor family contact

  • Addition of further information in relation to undertaking criminal and domestic violence history checks at any time a decision is being made about a child.
  • Outlines the requirement to advise the long-term guardian of the decision to refuse, restrict or impose conditions on family contact for a child no longer in their long-term guardian's care and subject to an assessment order, TCO or interim custody order.

2.6 Provide regular respite for the child

  • Inclusion of information about planning for and deciding on a respite placement for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child.
  • Amended to include a respite placement decision as a reviewable decision and that a respite plan is to be included in written advice to parent and child.
  • Replaced Family Support Program, with Growing Stronger, Disability Services.

2.9 Plan and support the young person's transition from care into adulthood

  • Amended to include that payment of a Disability Support Pension is to be made directly to young person's bank account.

3.1 Determine who may decide a custody or guardianship matter

  • The temporary custody order is added to the table to advise that the chief executive or parents have custody and the parents retain guardianship of the child during a TCO
  • Includes the requirement that when a child is subject to a transition order, the chief executive or suitable person will retain custody or guardianship as per the original CPO.

3.6 Make medical decisions, including dental

  • Inclusion of information on decision-making when a child in out-of-home care is prescribed psychotropic medications.

3.11 Make travel decisions – intrastate or interstate

  • New content in a table outlining decision making approval and financial delegations for travel.

3.12 Make overseas travel decisions

  • The consent of the guardian is required for all overseas travel.
  • Where the chief executive is the guardian, overseas travel destinations within five hours flying time from Brisbane, for example, to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea or Vanuatu, is to be approved by the Director-General.
  • All other overseas travel is to be endorsed by the Director-General and approved by the Minister, prior to undertaking the travel.
  • The Minister approves all costs for overseas travel.

What ifs?

1. What if a child requires a placement with another entity (82(1)(f))?

  • The temporary custody order is also covered by this section of the Child Protection Act 1999.

5. What if a child requires or has a bank account?

  • Amended to include that payment of a Disability Support Pension is to be made directly to young person's bank account.

7. What if child wishes to participate in a high or very high risk activity?

  • Amended to include protective strategies to minimise risk.
  • Amended to clarify the role of the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit.

8. What if a decision about end of life medical treatment is required?

  • Amended to clarify the roles of Child Safety officers and hospital social workers.
  • Amended to include the use of 'End of life decision-making' template when seeking consent from the Director-General or delegated officer.

11. What if a child or a parent has an infectious or communicable disease?

  • Where a health professional has assessed a young person is 'Gilleck competent', the CSO will need to negotiate with the young person about the information will be shared with the parents and carers.

12. What if another jurisdiction requests a carer assessment?

  • Amended to omit “carer” to “what if another jurisdiction requests an assessment?”
  • Amended to include kinship carer placement.

14. What if a child is missing?

  • Clarifies circumstances of when to report a child in out-of-home care as missing to QPS.
  • New form “Missing Person Report” to complete when Child Safety Services is required to report a child as missing.
  • Clarifies the requirement to consult with the Recognised Entity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Chapter 6. Intervention with parental agreement

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

Purpose

  • Clarification of information on the purpose of intervention with parental agreement

Authority

  • Inclusion of two policies:
    • Policy No. 609: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
    • Policy No. 610: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities

1.1 Open an intervention with parental agreement case

  • Revisions to procedures in relation to opening an intervention with parental agreement case.

1.2 Develop a case plan

  • Revisions to procedures around developing a case plan for an intervention with parental agreement caseInclusion of information about referral to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Support Service.

1.3 Implement the case plan

  • Revisions to procedures in relation to implementing an intervention with parental agreement case.

3.1 Place a child using a child protection care agreement

  • A child protection care agreement can be ended by either parent (whether a signatory to the agreement or not) or Child Safety by giving two days notice.
  • A child protection care agreement will automatically end if temporary custody order is made granting custody of the child to the chief executive.
  • If a parent wishes to end the agreement, and the child has been assessed as 'in need of protection', a temporary custody order may be applied for.
  • An intervention with parental agreement case must be closed in circumstances where the Childrens Court makes a temporary custody order or a child protection order.

What ifs?

1. What if the parents withdraw their agreement or disengage?

  • Inclusion of an additional dot point about reassessing the appropriateness of the intervention and the family's degree of engagement
  • Where parents do not adhere to the case plan or withdraw agreement to the intervention with parental agreement, a temporary custody order may be applied for.

2. What if new child protection concerns are received?

  • Revision to procedures so that staff are redirected to the relevant procedure in Chapter 3.

4. What if there is a chance in the individuals residing in the family home?

  • Inclusion of information about actions required when a parent advises there has been a change in the people residing in the family home.

Chapter 7. Support service cases

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

Authority

  • Inclusion of two policies:
    • Policy No. 609: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
    • Policy No. 610: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities

1. Provide intervention through a support service case

  • Minor revisions to procedures around opening a support service case.

1.2 Develop and record a support plan

  • Revisions to procedures in relation to activities after a support service case has been opened including recording the support plan.
  • Inclusion of information about participation of the recognised entity.
  • Clarification of information in relation to consent from the pregnant woman in unborn child matters.
  • For an unborn Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, the consent of the pregnant woman must be obtained before contacting the recognised entity.

1.3 Implement the support plan

  • Revisions to procedures in relation to implementing the support plan.

What ifs

2. What if a pregnant woman will not consent, or withdraws consent, to ongoing intervention?

  • Inclusion of dot point about informing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies if the pregnant woman withdraws her consent.

5. What if new child protection concerns are received?

  • Revision to procedures so that staff are redirected to the relevant procedure in Chapter 3.

Chapter 8. Regulation of care

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • Includes references to the recording requirements of regulation of care functionality in ICMS (R5, Nov 2010 ICMS release).
  • Includes references to letters and forms now available in regulation of care functionality in ICMS. Some letters and forms have been removed from the resources list as they now exist in ICMS.
  • Includes the procedures for recording the outcome of a QCAT review of a decision in ICMS.

Key steps

  • Addition of key step Record an EOI/Application.

1.1 Record the EOI/Application

  • Outlines the ICMS recording requirements when a person enquires about becoming a foster or kinship carer.

1.7 Lodge the application

  • Ensure the application is 'properly made': Amended to streamline the process of progressing the properly made application to the Central Screening Unit (CSU).

2.2 Facilitate personal history checks and 5.3 Facilitate personal history checks

  • Inclusion of the process to request CSU personal history checks electronically for applicants and adult household members.
  • Application for approval to progress: Includes procedural requirements for the CSU to inform the CSSC when the application is approved to progress. Includes recording requirements for the CSU to record Blue card and personal history outcomes in ICMS.

2.7 Complete the assessment report and5.6 Complete the renewal assessment report

  • Includes the recording requirements of the assessment prior to approval including quality assurance details, assessment recommendations and assessment submission details.

3.4 Refuse the application

  • Refusal when application is not decided within 90days: this section has been re-worked to clarify existing policy and legislation including:
    • Clarification that the application is to be refused in these circumstances and how to record this in ICMS.
    • the need to send the applicant a the new 'Letter of refusal – expiry of application' within 10 days
    • the applicants review rights when the application is deemed refused
    • clarification that an alert is not required in these circumstances
    • the requirement that a new application will be required if the applicant wishes to continue applying to become a carer after being refused in these circumstances.

4.1 Negotiate support arrangements

  • Inclusion of “Consider a referral to the CSAHSC – Foster and Kinship Care Support Line” for when a carer may require additional support outside business hours to support the child's needs in placement. Outlines circumstances when a carer may require additional support.
  • Inclusion of “Foster and Kinship Care Support Line Referral Form”.

What ifs?

12. What if a carer applicant, or an approved carer, is a departmental employee?

  • New content included regarding the approval or renewal of approval of a carer applicant/carer who is also an employee of the department , Child Safety and Disability Services.
  • Link to revised policy, 36-3 Placement of children subject to a care agreement, or an order granting custody or guardianship to the chief executive, with departmental employees inserted.
  • Revised policy and procedure allow departmental employees to become approved foster carers, in addition to kinship carers.
  • New resources include Practice resource, Departmental employees as carer applicants or approved carers and the Advice to regional director form.

Chapter 9. Matters of concern

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

General

  • Additional information included about the role of the RIS and a reference to the practice resource: Regional Intake Services workflow.
  • Includes references throughout to consulting with and informing Adoption Services Queensland for matters of concern related to children for whom adoption is being considered (that is, those who are “in the custody or guardianship of the chief executive under an adoption care agreement or because a parent has consented to adoption and placed with an approved carer, a licensed care service or another entity”).
  • Includes instructions to consult with and inform another department or the department service stream where the matter of concern relates to a child placed, under section 82(1)(f), with an entity that is funded or licensed by that department or service stream (for example, Disability Services).
  • References to 'guardian' have been changed to 'long-term guardian' to be consistent with the Child Protection Act 1999.

Authority

  • Child Protection Act 1999, sections 23, 37, 51AA, 51F, 52, 67, 117 and 205 – definition of parent.

1 Decide whether information constitutes a matter of concern

  • Criteria for matters of concern have been amended to include children awaiting adoption (“in the custody or guardianship of the chief executive under an adoption care agreement or after a parent has consented to adoption and placed with an approved carer, a licensed care service or another entity”).
  • Updated to specify that an MOC applies to a child subject to long-term guardianship order to a suitable person when placed on 'emergent' respite.
  • Updated to specify that an MOC does not apply to a child subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person where concerns relate to the long-term guardian.
  • Other sections of the chapter now outline that when a child is subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person and is placed with an approved carer under 'emergent respite', assessment order, TCO or interim custody order - for further information refer to 13. What if the child has a long-term guardian?
  • Inclusion of cumulative harm in determining whether concerns meet the threshold for MOC-notification.

1.3 Gather information

  • Inclusion of requirement to immediately advise QPS of any information received from the notifier regarding allegations of harm to a child that may have involved the commission of a criminal offence relating to the child, in accordance with the Child Protection Act 1999, section 14(2) and (3).

What ifs?

13. What if the child has a long-term guardian?

  • A new 'what if ' has been developed to reflect the legislative and procedural MOC requirements for a child and a long-term guardian which includes:
    • the long-term guardian will have the same rights as a parent
    • where the concerns relate to an approved carer providing 'emergent' respite, prior to planning the assessment, provide verbal advice to at least one of the long-term guardians. Consent from at least one of the long-term guardians to sight and talk to the child is required.
    • when the child is subject to an assessment order, TCO or interim custody, the CSO must incorporate the timeframe for informing the long-term guardian of the MOC, into the assessment plan.
    • verbal advice of the assessment outcome is to be provided to at least one of the long-term guardians.
    • for a matter of concern investigation and assessment, provide written advice when requested by the long-term guardian.
    • when a child placement concern report is recorded, there is no obligation to advise the child's parents, unless considered appropriate.
    • for a matter of concern investigation and assessment, the child's parents are to be advised about the concerns and the investigation and assessment outcome if satisfied that it would be in the child's best interest.

Chapter 10. General procedures

The practice changes and amendments are outlined under the relevant sections of the chapter.

10.1 Decision making about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

  • Included advice that rationales for decisions must be documented and communicated to recognised entity.

10.2 Staff safety and well-being

  • Inclusion of verbal and physical aggressive behaviour.
  • Inclusion of Employee Assistance Service counsellor as a possible strategy to reduce risk and manage vicarious trauma.

10.3 Statutory obligation to notify the Queensland Police Service of possible criminal offences

  • Updated information to reflect changes to legislation - section 14(2) and (3).

10.4 Information sharing

  • Addition of a SCAN core member representative or their delegate within the list of persons covered within the definition of 'person' for the purposes of the Child Protection Act 1999, section 187.

10.5 Referral for active intervention

  • Revisions to guidelines about referral criteria for Child Safety cases.

10.6 The role of Child Safety After Hours Service Centre

  • Addition of references to Chapter 1. Intake and the practice resource: Regional intake services workflow.
  • If requesting CSAHSC to take a temporary custody order, the TCO application will be drafted by relevant staff.
  • Specific actions requested of CSAHSC need to be negotiated with the CSAHSC team leader.
  • A referral to the CSAHSC is appropriate when additional after hours support is required to ensure practice standards are met and a child's safety cannot be ensured outside normal business hours.

10.7 Referral to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family support service (NEW)

  • Revisions to guidelines about referral criteria for Child Safety early intervention cases.

10.8 Professional supervision

  • Inclusion of references to the RIS.
  • Addition of dot points about the responsibilities of the supervisor.
  • Updated the supervision record sheet and supervision agreement templates.

10.9 Providing adoption services

  • Content has been updated to reference requirements of the Regional Intake Services, Child Safety After Hours Service Centre and Child Safety Service Centre Interim Protocol (17 January 2011) which apply when an adoption care agreement is ending and when a query regarding adoption is received by a Regional Intake Service.
  • Content has also been updated to include additional information about the conditions of adoption care agreements, requirements for providing pre-consent counselling to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parents and counselling to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child.
  • Corrected reference to Island custom.
  • Additional content has been added to clarify guardianship of child after a child's parent has consented to adoption.
  • Content has been updated to more accurately reflect requirements for providing pre-consent counselling to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parents and counselling to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child.
  • Replaced reference to voluntary care agreement with adoption care agreement and added the words “Adoption Case Management System” before the acronym ACMS.

10.11 Recording sensitive clients

  • Major revisions to procedures for recording sensitivity in relation to both a person and an event.
  • Inclusion of more detailed guidance about classifying a person or event as sensitive and managing a sensitive person or event.
  • Inclusion of information about reviewing the sensitivity plan.

10.12 Downgrading or deleting an approved notification

  • Amendment to provide clarifying information that any request to downgrade or delete an approved notification must be in writing and have the approval of the manager of the CSSC responsible for the completion of the investigation and assessment and that any professional notifier must be informed of the decision, and provided with the rationale.
  • Amendments to clarify that a notification is not to be downgraded or deleted retrospectively, in response to receiving subsequent mitigating information about the child protection concerns already recorded and approved.
  • Amendment to clarify that for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, the decision to record a notification is a significant decision, and the recognised entity must be provided with the opportunity to participate in any subsequent decision to downgrade a notification to a CCR.

10.13 Complaints management

  • Includes changes to the new Complaints Management Policy, Procedures and Procedures Manual which is a whole of the department policy.
  • Includes changes of procedures and terminology to bring it into line with the whole of Department complaints management policies and procedures.

10.15 Interstate and New Zealand matters

  • Significant re-wording and re-structuring of content to clarify:
    • ILO role and responsibilities
    • CSSC manager and staff role and responsibilities
    • processes and procedures.

10.16 Family law courts

  • Change in name from 'family law court' to 'family court'.

10.18 The review of child deaths

  • Clarification of wording about the two types of reviews – review led by an internal reviewer, and review led by an external reviewer.

10.19 Responding to self-harming behaviour

  • Clarified roles of Regional Intake Services (RIS), Child Safety After Hours Service Centre (CSAHSC) and Child Safety Service Centres (CSSC) when responding to reports of self harming behaviour.

10.20 Responding to suicide risk behaviour

  • Clarified roles of Regional Intake Services (RIS), Child Safety After Hours Service Centre (CSAHSC) and Child Safety Service Centres (CSSC) when responding to reports of suicide risk behaviour.

10.21 Victims of crime and the role of Victim Assist Queensland

  • Outlined key steps to determine if a person has been a victim of crime, provide information to a victim of crime and make application to Victim Assist Queensland.

10.22 Warrant for the apprehension of a child

  • A new procedure that outlines the enacting a warrant for the apprehension of a child subject to a child protection order granting custody or guardianship under the Child Protection Act 1999, within Queensland.

Glossary

  • Clarification of definition of notifier
  • Clarification of definition of Child Safety Officer (CSO) and Child Safety officer
  • Removal of reference to additional notifiers
  • Removal of Placement and support packages (PASPs)
  • Inclusion of definitions that were previously in the practice resources: 'Intake - Key concepts and definitions' and 'Investigation and assessments - Key concepts and definitions' which have been deleted
  • Inclusion of definitions for:
    • Abusive action
    • Adoption
    • Adoption care agreement
    • Child placement concern report
    • Criminal offences relating to harm to to a child - section 14(2) and (3)
    • Cumulative harm
    • Investigate allegations of harm
    • Long-term guardian
    • Malicious notifier
    • Moving a child to a safe place
    • Other child
    • Protective needs
    • Risk assessment
    • Subject child
    • Support person
    • Temporary custody order
    • Threshold for recording a notification
    • Transition order
    • Transition plan
    • Vexatious notifier
  • Amended definitions for:
    • Assessment care agreement
    • Case responsibility
    • Emotional harm
    • Guardianship
    • Harm
    • Notifier
    • Out-of-home care
    • Parent able and willing
    • Pre-notification check
    • Risk of harm
    • SCAN team system
    • Unacceptable risk of harm

Acronyms

  • Updated to include:
    • Adoption Services Queensland (ASQ)
    • Central Intake Team (CIT)
    • Temporary custody order (TCO)
    • Transition Order - TO

Resources

There are additional resources attached to a number of chapters. These resources can be accessed via the hyperlink within each procedure, the hyperlink under resources in each chapter or Resources.

New

  • A guide to the placement of young people in therapeutic residential services
  • Advice to regional director
  • Application for a transition order (Form 49)
  • Authority to care - section 82(2)
  • Consent form – Psychotropic medication
  • Decision-making checklist – long-term guardianship to a suitable person
  • End of life decision-making
  • Foster and Kinship Care Support Line Referral Form
  • Letter re: decision not to review the case plan
  • Long-term guardianship to a suitable person: Information for carers
  • Long-term guardianship to a suitable person: Information for children and young people
  • Long-term guardianship to a suitable person: Information for parents
  • Missing person report
  • Module 5: Maintaining client files
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plan
  • Practice guide: Unaccompanied humanitarian minor wards
    • Provides program requirements and guides service delivery by the UHM Program Officer in regard to UHM wards living with a custodian and accepted in the UHM Program in Queensland.
  • Practice resource: Departmental employees as carer applicants or approved carers
  • Practice resource: Long-term guardianship orders – a comparison
  • Practice resource: Recording your professional assessment about whether the child is in need of protection
  • Practice resource: Regional intake services workflow
    • Provides an overview of the role of the RIS, CSSC and the CSAHSC when receiving intake information
  • Practice resource: Temporary custody order
  • Standards of care
  • Temporary custody order (Form 40)
  • Transition Plan
  • Warrant for apprehension of a child (Form 28)

Deleted

All letters and forms from Chapter 8 that are now created in ICMS regulation of care functionality have been removed from the resources list.

  • Regional Intake Services and Child Safety Service Centre Interim Protocol
  • Practice resource: Intake - Key concepts and definitions
    • Definitions included in the CSPM glossary
    • Clarification of the definition of notifier
    • Removal of reference to additional notifiers
  • Practice resource: Investigation and assessments key concepts and definitions
  • Practice resource: Investigation and assessment: an overview
    • This practice resource has been removed and all references to it have been deleted. The information in this resource is contained in the body of Chapter 2, Chapter 10.5 Referral for active intervention services and the practice resource: Legislative provisions in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and collaboration with recognised entities. Information in relation to working with an unborn Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child has been added to the practice resource: Working with the recognised entity.

Amended

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognised entity (Form 17)
  • Adult household member guidelines
  • Application for approval – Form 3 guide to completion resource
  • Assessment Report – Long-Term Guardianship to a Suitable Person
  • Authority to care
  • Care agreement form
  • Checklist for assessing a child placement concern report
  • Checklist for investigating and assessing a matter of concern notification
  • Child information from – Part B
  • Completing the Certificate of Approval
  • Letter advising parents of long-term guardianship order
  • Letter advising suitable persons of long-term guardianship order
  • Practice paper: Permanency planning
  • Practice resource: Child concern report responses
    • Deletion of information from the response 'Referral to another agency' to assist clarity
  • Practice resource: Assessment Orders
  • Practice resource: Child health passports
  • Practice resource: Child health passports flowchart
  • Practice resource: Information gathering guide
    • Additional wording to incorporate the legislative definition for cumulative harm
  • Practice resource: Informing parents about the harm and the outcome – section 15
  • Practice resource: Legislative requirements – long-term guardians
  • Practice resource: Long-term guardianship – assessment factors
  • Practice resource: Notifiers and mandatory notifiers
    • Clarification of definition of notifier
    • Removal of references to additional notifiers
    • Inclusion of detailed guidance around the release of notifier information
    • Updated references to CCYPCG legislation
  • Practice resource: Program of supports – long-term guardians
  • Practice resource: Receiving Integrated Justice Information Strategy email alert information
    • Updated information to clarify that a subject child may be identified as a primary person of interest if recorded as a 'relative of the aggrieved'
  • Practice resource: Responsibilities – long-term guardians
  • Practice resource: The child placement principle
    • Addition of information in relation to the Child Protection Act 1999, section 83(5)
  • Practice resource: The role of the CSO at intake
    • Additional information to expedite the transfer of the intake matter to the relevant team, where relevant
    • Additional wording to clarify the use of pre-notification checks
  • Practice resource: Use of powers for a child at immediate risk – section 16 and 18
  • Unborn child checklist
  • Practice resource: Working with the recognised entity
    • Clarification of information in relation to consent from the pregnant woman in unborn child matters
  • Updated wording to reflect the changes to the SCAN team system manual