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Long-term safety and support plans

Long-term safety and support plans are to be developed with the children, family and their safety and support network. The network is made up of a range of people, and could include family members, professionals, carers, and community members. These network members will support parents, children and young people in developing and maintaining safety through case planning and safety planning.

The use of safety and support networks in the child safety context aims to build on and strengthen the natural networks of a child or young person and their family. Safety and support plans provide clarity to all network members about their purpose, the known worries, goals and action steps as well as the non-negotiables and ‘what ifs’ everyone should plan and have contingencies for.

Long-term safety and support plans can support safe and effective reunification, family contact within a more natural setting and the maintenance of connections with family, community and culture.

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