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Immediate safety plans

Immediate safety plans are developed when an immediate harm indicator has been identified (as part of the safety assessment).  It is important to also assess acts of protection, strengths and resources to help determine whether an immediate safety plan may be possible. 

Work with the family and their safety and support network to attempt to create a plan that will provide safety for the child in the short term. Immediate safety plans are to be reviewed at least every seven days.  Monitoring these plans may be a daily occurrence, and network members should be involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of the plan. 

If the family do not have a known safety and support network, this is the time to support them to identify who may be able to help them.  Network members could be extended family, friends, neighbours and community members who care about the child and are able to work with the family and Child Safety.

Tools such as genograms, eco-maps and Circles of Safety and Support can assist practitioners to explore and identify network members in a way that is simple and easy to understand.

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