CSPM November 2008 updates

Second release of the revised Child Safety Practice Manual - CSPM_Nov_08. Released online - 3 November 2008.

This release includes the following revised chapter in the new format:

  • Chapter 2. Investigation and assessment

There are additional practice resources attached to the revised chapter. These resources can be accessed via the hyperlink within the procedures, via the hyperlink under resources in each chapter or via Resources.

Chapter 2. Investigation and assessment

Practice changes

The practice changes included in this chapter are outlined below:

  • requiring a CSSC manager or another team leader to approve any investigation and assessment where a team leader has undertaken any of the key steps
  • requiring a CSSC manager to approve any investigation and assessment where the outcome 'No investigation and assessment possible' has been recorded
  • inclusion of clarification that staff are not to record a new child concern report when there is a current open investigation and assessment
  • inclusion of information about families subject to the witness protection program
  • changes to commencing an investigation and assessment, to remove recognised entity staff from the group of persons able to 'sight' a child on the department's behalf
  • changes to commencing an investigation and assessment, to provide guidance for circumstances in rural and remote regions, where it is not physically possible to access children within the response timeframe;
  • return to the legislative requirement to advise at least one parent of the allegations and outcome of an investigation and assessment, rather than making it a requirement to advise both parents
  • clarifying information to guide the determination of investigation and assessment outcomes.