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Decide the type of intervention—child not in need of protection

Support service case

The only type of ongoing intervention that can occur when a child is not in need of protection is a support service case.  A support service case for a child not in need of protection aims to:

  • reduce the likelihood of future harm to a child
  • support a young person following their 18th birthday.

Practice prompt

Develop a Support plan with the child and family, pregnant woman or young person and review it every 6 months. Refer to Procedure 4 Develop and record a support plan with a child and family.

If a child’s parent does not consent to a support service case and the family risk evaluation is ‘high’, consult the senior team leader to decide the most appropriate type of ongoing intervention.

If the decision to offer a support service case remains unchanged, record in ICMS: 

  • that the parent is not consenting to a support service case
  • the rationale and outcome of the consultation with the senior team leader.

Tip

If a child’s parent does not consent to a support service case, consider whether the family would benefit from a referral to a support service in the community such as an intensive family support service. Refer to Procedure 1 Referral to another agency.

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