SDM assessments

There are eight SDM assessments. Each assessment structures the analysis of critical case factors at key decision-making points in the child protection continuum. Different assessments are used for each decision point as there are distinct issues to be addressed at each stage of child protection intervention.

The assessments are not intended to make decisions for practitioners, they help structure decisions by bringing objective information to bear on the critical questions to be answered.

DecisionSDM assessment

Does the information meet the threshold for a notification?

Screening criteria

How quickly do we need to commence an investigation and assessment?

Response priority

Is the child safe? If not, what does the child need now in order to be safe?

Safety assessment

What is the likelihood of future abuse and neglect in this family and does Child Safety need to commence ongoing intervention with this family?

How often should Child Safety visit the child and family?

Family risk evaluation

Minimum contact requirements (PDF, 75 KB)

What are the child's strengths and needs to be addressed in the case plan?

Child strengths and needs assessment

What are the parents' strengths and needs to be addressed in the case plan?

Parental strengths and needs assessment

Does ongoing intervention need to continue, or can the case be closed?

Family risk re-evaluation

How often should Child Safety visit the child and family?

Minimum contact requirements (PDF, 75 KB)

Should the child be returned home?

Should we continue working towards reunification?

Should we stop working towards reunification and consider alternative permanency options?

Family reunification assessment

Minimum contact requirements (PDF, 75 KB)

See also the information sheets available in SDM resources.