Once a case has been transferred from Investigations to Case Management, it is the Case Manager’s responsibility for developing and implementing modifications to the Safety Plan based on the Case Manager’s ongoing assessment of Safety Plan sufficiency within 5 days of case assignment. The Safety Plan should consist of the least intrusive actions necessary to protect the child consistent with diminished caregiver protective capacities and danger threats. The Case Manager will exercise due diligence to modify Safety Plans in response to changing family dynamics, including when Conditions for Return are achieved.
A Safety Plan must be modified when any of the following changes occur:
- A new danger threat has been identified
- Danger threats have been eliminated
· A child is released to the other parent, relocated in a family arrangement, or sheltered
· Parent/legal guardian meets the Conditions for Return
· There are changes in family dynamics or conditions which change the types and or level of safety services needed, including but not limited to:
Ø A new child is born or comes into the home
Ø A parent/legal guardian becomes involved with a new intimate partner relationship
Ø There are significant changes to the household composition
Ø There are changes in the availability of a physical location in which the Safety Plan can be implemented
Ø The Safety Plan needs to become an out-of-home plan
Actions for modifying Safety Plans:
The primary Case Manager will take the following actions to create a new Safety Plan.
- Take protective actions immediately in order to keep the child from being harmed
- To the extent possible, the Case Manager, the parent/legal guardian and any provider involved in the formulation of the original Safety Plan will collaborate to revise the Safety Plan.
Ø Adhere to special considerations involving domestic violence
Ø Review and discuss current family dynamics and conditions relative to criteria for an in-home Safety Plan or Conditions for Return
Ø Review each specific component of the Safety Plan and whether any modifications are necessary
Ø Identify options for plan modifications needed, eliciting family resources
Ø Agree on modifications
Ø Follow up with CLS when a Safety Plan is part of the court order
- Identify whether there are ways to manage the identified danger threat with the child in the home; and if yes contact safety services providers who will participate in ongoing Safety Plan
- Consult with your supervisor if assistance is needed in developing a sufficient ongoing Safety Plan.
- The Case Manager should revise the ongoing Safety Plan and obtain signatures of the parents and any informal Safety Plan providers and file with the court.
FSFN/Documentation for Modifying Safety Plans:
- Document any safety plan monitoring activity within 2 business days of any assessment information or action related to the assessment of the Safety Plan sufficiency.
- Document modifications to any existing Safety Plan by terminating the current safety plan in FSFN and create a new version. The date needs to be changed to capture the date of the modification. This will allow for a complete history to the Safety Plans. Upload a signed version within 2 business days of creation.
- The Case Manager will formally document an updated safety analysis when completing the FFA and any Progress Updates.
- Supervisor or Case Manager will record supervisor case consultations about Safety Plans within 2 business days using supervisory case consultation functionality in FSFN.