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Refreshing the Family Safety Framework

Responsible government

  • South Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 14 Deliver client-centred, trauma-informed, specialised and consistent support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.

What are we doing?

A risk assessment tool used by government and non-government services will be expanded to include cohort specific risk factors.

What is next?

The South Australian Government is currently developing the cohort specific risk factors which will be included in risk assessments provided by agencies for women experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence who can then be referred to the Family Safety Framework if found to be at high risk of violence.

The Family Safety Framework is currently in the process of becoming fully digitised, with a new online portal being developed ready for launch in May 2021. This work has been fast-tracked in recognition of the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions on services being able to meet face-to-face. Family Safety Meetings are held fortnightly across 17 police regions in South Australia with ten to twenty attendees representing local services at each meeting. From 1 July 2020, all Family Safety Meetings have become online based through the Microsoft Teams platform with all data now captured online. In 2019-20, 391 Family Safety Meetings were held with 595 individual cases discussed. The Family Safety Framework administrative functions will be moved from the Microsoft Teams platform to the new online portal in early 2021.

What difference will we make?

The Family Safety Framework seeks to ensure that services to families most at risk of violence are provided in a structured and systematic way, through agencies sharing information and taking responsibility for collaborative support. Inclusion of cohort specific factors in risk assessment will ensure that factors outside usual risk assessment will be considered that may affect the seriousness of the violence being experienced. Specific factors may include, cultural background, gender identity, and/or living with a disability.

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