Child Safety Decision Making Model
What is a Decision-Making Model?
A decision-making model is a guide that assists an organisation to reach a decision on a particular concern. It provides logical steps for a team to make decisions and reminds the team of issues to consider.
A Child Safety Concern response is essentially a decision that an organisation needs to make about how it will respond to a Child Safety Concern. When used appropriately, a decision-making model can maximise the quality of an organisations decisions, and improve their responses to Child Safety Concerns.
We have created a Child Safety Response Flowchart for your convenience. It is a diagrammatic representation of the sequence of steps for you to take to assist your organisation to respond to a Child Safety Concern.
Response Decision Making Steps
- Child Safety Concern.
- Recognise. A person recognises a concern. This could be a member of personnel, member of public and can include children.
- Raise. A person who recognises a concern raises the concern with the organisation.
- Initial Assessment. An assessment to determine initial responses to a Child Safety Concern and whether there is a need for further assessment, such as Child Safety Needs, Misconduct or Impact Assessment.
- Optional Assessments
- Child Safety Needs Assessment. An assessment of a Child Safety and Well-being needs in order to create an appropriate care plan for the family and/or school.
- Misconduct Assessment. Assessment of concerns of misconduct of an employee or volunteer, to decide if an allegation of misconduct is substantiated or unsubstantiated.
- Impact Assessment. Assessment of impacted communities and individuals in order to determine appropriate and compassionate administrative responses.
- Implementation. Implementation of any approved administrative outcomes.
- Response Closure. Formal closure of a Child Safety Response.
- Appeals. Appeal process for people to appeal the outcome or process of a Child Safety Response.
- Response Review. A formal review of an individual Child Safety Response.