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List: DCJ Assessment Tools



Mandatory Reported Guide (MRG)

The NSW Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG) is a Structured Decision Making (®SDM) tool intended to complement mandatory reporters' professional judgment and critical thinking. Access the Mandatory Reported Guide (MRG)

Screening and Response Priority Tool (SCRPT)

Screening and Response Priority is a Structured Decision Making (®SDM) tool used by DCJ Child Protection Helpline to assess child protection concerns regarding risk of significant harm.

Safety and Risk Assessment (SARA) tools

The SARA tools are Structured Decision Making (®SDM) tools that helps casework practitioners in assessing safety and risk in relation to children, their parents and families/kin they visit. There are three components to the SARA tool that casework practitioners complete at specific periods in time for a family: a safety assessment, risk assessment and risk reassessment.

Restoration Assessment tool

Restoration Assessment tool is a Structured Decision Making (®SDM) tool that supports decision making regarding restoration of children in OOHC.

Child Assessment Tool (CAT)

The CAT is a tool used for all new out-of-home care (OOHC) placements, children re-entering care, placement changes and transition of carers and the children in their care from DCJ to agencies.

The Child Assessment Tool (CAT) is based on the Cleveland Child Assessment Tool customised for NSW in partnership the developers.

The tool improves transparency and consistency of placement decisions and focuses on the needs of the child. It has been designed to identify the most appropriate level of care for a child, based on assessment of their behaviour, and health and development needs.

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment (also known as ‘secondary risk of harm assessment’, ‘SAS2’ and ‘SARA Exception’) is a guided practice risk assessment model that includes the collection and analysis of information and the exercise of professional judgement.

The outcome is a professional opinion about safety, risk and harm that inform a decision about a child or young person’s need for care and protection and subsequent case planning.

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Last updated: 06 Mar 2020