Follow this procedure when conducting the intake risk assessment in the intake phase.

Document ID number 1045, version 1, 20 November 2021.

Introduction

This procedure outlines the process for undertaking and recording the intake risk assessment in the intake phase of child protection practice.

For additional advice on conducting the intake risk assessment, see Risk assessment – advice and Assessing and managing family violence in intake phase - procedure.

Procedure

The intake risk assessment occurs once only, during intake phase (with the exception of a report that moves from unborn to intake).

An intake risk assessment is required to be recorded on CRIS for each of the following intake classifications:

— Wellbeing report – child and/or family concerns – advice or information to reporter.

— Protective intervention – two day urgent/14 day non-urgent

— Conciliation counselling

— Court report request

— Hague convention request

— Unborn report (an unborn report requires an intake risk assessment and if the report is moved to an intake report upon the birth of the child a second intake risk assessment is required – this is the only occasion two intake risk assessments can be completed on one open case).

An intake risk assessment is not required for wellbeing advice only, insufficient information or interstate request.

Case practitioner tasks

  • Use the information stored in the essential information categories and obtained by seeking, sharing, sorting and storing information to:
    • Determine the consequence of harm and record in CRIS (severe, significant, concerning, or insufficient evidence of harm).  
    • Determine the probability of harm and record in CRIS (very likely, likely, or unlikely).
    • Analyse the relationship between the consequence and probability of harm to determine the intake judgement decision and the outcome of the report. Record this decision in CRIS.
    • Refer to the intake judgement matrix for guidance (SAFER children framework, page 59)

Professional judgement is used at each step of the intake risk assessment to inform decision making about a child or young person’s safety and the need for protective intervention.

In circumstances where the consequence of harm is either severe or significant, and the probability of harm is either likely or very likely, then a decision to classify as a protective intervention report should be considered.

In circumstances where the consequence of harm is severe, the decision to classify as a protective intervention report and progress the investigation as urgent should be considered, regardless of the probability of harm level.

The intake consequence and probability of harm matrix supports decision making.

  • In consultation with your supervisor or team manager:
    • determine the report type (protective intervention report, child wellbeing report, inappropriate or insufficient information)
    • for the report type of protective intervention, select the priority (standard, or visit in two days), which will determine the urgency.
  • Submit the intake risk assessment for endorsement to a team manager or above.

Supervisor tasks

  • Provide ongoing supervision and consultation.

Team manager / practice leader tasks

  • Provide ongoing supervision and consultation.
  • Endorse the intake risk assessment.
  • Record a clear rationale for closure where the report is not classified as protective intervention, where the intake risk assessment determines the consequence of harm is either severe or significant and probability of harm is likely or very likely.

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