Follow this procedure when managing a protection order.
Document ID number 1027, version 2, 1 March 2016.
This procedure relates to case management tasks and responsibilities in relation to a child subject to a protection order.
A protection order as defined in s. 275 of the CYFA is:
- an order requiring a person to give an undertaking
- a family preservation order
- a family reunification order order
- a care by Secretary order
- a long-term care order.
Case practitioner tasks
- Undertake ongoing assessment of the risks, needs and development of the child.
- Develop and ensure implementation of a case plan in accordance with legal requirements, the provisions of the protection order and the child’s needs.
- Ensure a cultural plan is provided to Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.
- Plan and manage contact arrangements for the child and family in accordance with the protection order and case plan.
- Have contact with the child, parents and other family in accordance with the case plan and client contact statement.
- Facilitate referrals and engagement with service providers in accordance with the case plan.
- Maintain regular contact with professionals and community support organisations involved with the family and seek feedback about the family’s progress.
- Undertake placement related actions if a placement change is required.
- Participate as a care team member if child is in out-of-home care.
- Maintain client records.
- Arrange specialist child and family assessments, including medical assessments, in accordance with the protection order and case plan.
- Consult your supervisor on further court applications when required and complete court process.
- Register and follow-up any new familial and non-familial allegations.
- Consult your supervisor at key decision points.
- Provide ongoing support and consultation to the case practitioner and endorse key decisions.
Case planner tasks
- Endorse the case plan and all court applications.
- Review the case plan at appropriate intervals.