The SAFER children framework is the risk assessment approach for Victorian child protection practitioners.

When it commenced on 20 November 2021, the five SAFER children framework activities of risk assessment replaced the four Best interests case practice model risk assessment activities. Child protection practitioners use the SAFER children framework to guide their risk assessment and risk management.

Child protection practitioners continue to draw upon the practice approaches from the Best interests case practice model.

The Best interests case practice model summary guide and specialist practice resources remain on the child protection manual as they contain information to support children and family services sector staff with their practice.

SAFER children framework guide

SAFER children framework guide (accessible)

Figure 3 - SAFER children framework guide

Document ID number 3025, version 1, 20 November 2021.

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