3. Ongoing intervention


Ongoing intervention refers to intervention by Child Safety that occurs with a child and their family following the completion of an investigation and assessment, when it is assessed that a child is in need of protection, or an unborn child is assessed as being in need of protection following their birth or it is assessed that a child is not in need of protection, but the level of risk in the family is ‘high’. Ongoing intervention may also occur in certain circumstances for a young person who has previously been a child in need of protection, following their eighteenth birthday.

Ongoing intervention may occur with either the authority of a child protection order, or with the consent of the parents, pregnant woman or young person. The purpose of ongoing intervention is to ensure the child's safety, belonging and wellbeing, reduce the likelihood of future harm to the child or unborn child or provide ongoing support and assistance to a young person, following their eighteenth birthday, if required.

Key steps

  1. Decide the type of ongoing intervention
  2. Consult with OCFOS and make a referral to DCPL if a child protection order is being considered 
  3. Undertake ongoing intervention activities
  4. Close an ongoing intervention case

What ifs - responding to specific ongoing intervention matters


  1. Ongoing intervention is provided for any child who has been assessed as being in need of protection.
  2. Ongoing intervention is offered for any child who has been assessed as not being in need of protection where there is a 'high' outcome on the family risk evaluation.
  3. Ongoing intervention is offered to a pregnant woman, and where applicable her partner, when it is assessed that an unborn child will be in need of protection after their birth.
  4. When deciding the type of ongoing intervention and other significant decisions about an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, arrange for an independent person to help facilitate their participation in the decision-making processes.
  5. The support needs of a child subject to a long-term guardianship order to a suitable person, and their long-term guardian, are responded to in a timely manner.

Practice skills (Key areas for reflection)

  • Do the parents have sufficient information and understanding of what the proposed intervention entails to agree to consent-based interventions?
  • If the parents withdraw their consent to Child Safety intervention would I be concerned for the immediate safety and wellbeing of the child?
  • Have I provided the child and parents with information about the matters affecting them, to inform their involvement in decision-making?
  • Have I genuinely engaged and actively listened to the child and parents in the decision-making processes?
  • Have I considered the long-term effects of my decisions on the child’s identity and connection with the child’s family and community?
  • Have I considered what the child needs to achieve relational, physical and legal permanency?
  • Have I selected the most appropriate type of ongoing intervention, and if a child protection order is required, am I confident it does not exceed the level of intervention needed to secure the child’s safety?
  • Have I ensured that the type of child protection order being considered reflects the needs of the child and their family, and is consistent with the case plan goals?