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Consider a Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect team referral

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This page was updated on 31 August 2020. To view changes, please see page updates


The SCAN team system enables a coordinated, multi-agency response to children for whom statutory intervention is required to assess and meet their safety, belonging and wellbeing needs. This is achieved by:

  • timely information sharing
  • planning and coordination of actions to assess and respond to the child’s protection needs
  • a holistic and culturally responsive assessment of the child’s protection needs.

Child Safety is the lead agency for the SCAN team system. Core member agencies are the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and the Department of Education.

Consider a referral to a SCAN team, if the coordination of multi-agency action or discussion is needed to effectively assess and respond to the protection needs of a child. A core member agency representative can refer a matter to the SCAN team if the referral criteria is met. (Refer to the Information Coordination Meetings (ICM) and the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Team System Manual).

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