Framework for practice and maps

Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice

The development of a new framework for practice is a key milestone in a reformed child and family support system in Queensland. The Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice (PDF, 750 KB) provides a transparent strengths-based, safety-oriented approach to work undertaken by Child Safety through all phases of the child protection process. The Framework and its supporting resources:

  • defines the parameters and focus of work undertaken by Child Safety
  • places a greater emphasis on working collaboratively with children, families and carers during assessment, safety planning and case planning processes
  • identifies and supports the development of safety networks around children, their families and carers
  • strengthens partnerships with agencies
  • promotes enduring safety and positive change in the lives of children and families in contact with Child Safety.

Outlined in the Foundational elements (PDF, 1.3 MB) document and foundation elements introductory video, the framework integrates Child Safety’s best hopes and vision for children, young people and families, together with key values, principles, knowledge and practice skills. The supporting Practice tools and processes (PDF, 1.2 MB) document summarises creative tools, skills and processes required to engage with a child and family while maintaining a sharp focus on a child’s safety, belonging and wellbeing.

The Collaborative assessment and planning framework is a key component of the framework for practice. It is used in partnership with children, young people, their family and networks to undertake a balanced and comprehensive assessment of harm, risk and safety, and to collaboratively identify goals and action steps to build future safety, belonging and wellbeing for a child and is detailed in full in the Collaborative Assessment and Planning Framework booklet (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Safety and support networks and high intensity responses (PDF, 491 KB) Safety and support networks and high intensity responses (DOCX, 2.7 MB) is another key component of the framework for practice. The development of a safety and support network is undertaken in partnership with children young people and families to increase safety  and strengthen supports. Networks assist in developing and implementing immediate safety plans and ongoing safety and support plans. The high intensity response component has been added to acknowledge that a more intensive, seamless, wraparound safety and support plans is required during periods of increased risk and complexity.

Five practice tip sheets provide information to support the application of the collaborative assessment and planning framework:

Other tools associated with the Strengthening Families Protecting Framework for Practice aim to increase the engagement, assessment, planning and process skills of workers. These tools include:

The following six practice maps are a visual representation of the phases and tasks of child protection intervention.


Each map contains a legend that identifies the elements represented in each map.

Map element

Tasks are activities undertaken at defined points in a phase. An example of a task in the intake phase is gathering information.

decision point

A decision point within a phase. An example of a decision would be 'Is this matter a notification? - 'Yes' or 'No'.


Documentation of the tasks and decisions that are completed within a phase. An example of documentation at intake is a child concern report.


An action or outcome from a decision point that may lead to another phase. An example is when a notification is recorded and the response is to proceed to the investigation and assessment phase.

decision tool

A structured decision making tool, that guides decision-making. An example is the screening criteria tool.