Background to implementation

In 2003/2004, the then Department of Families was the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry which led to the blueprint and the formation of the new Department of Child Safety. The blueprint for the new department emphasised that a central requirement of the organisation would be to “ ...identify and establish a suite of professional practices and decision tools to help regulate, standardise and record the front line decisions taken by Child Safety Officers. The tools and practices will focus around the core elements required for effective intake and assessment of notifications, case planning, case management and placement.”

Structured Decision Making (SDM) was chosen following an evaluation of a range of assessment and case management tools. Practitioners were trained in the use of SDM in September 2005 and commenced using the first four SDM assessments from October 2005. Use of the remaining four SDM assessments commenced state-wide in March 2006.