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Family Safety Framework

What is the Family Safety Framework?

The Family Safety Framework (the Framework) was developed under the auspice of the South Australian Government's Women's Safety Strategy and Keeping Them Safe - Child Protection Agenda, to drive improved, integrated service responses to violence against women and children in South Australia.

The Framework seeks to ensure that services to families most at risk of violence are provided in a more structured and systematic way, through agencies sharing information about high risk families and taking responsibility for supporting these families to navigate the system of services to help them.

Information about people at serious risk of violence is shared between agencies in accordance with the Information Sharing Guidelines for promoting safety and wellbeing.

The statewide implementation of the Family Safety Framework was completed in November 2013.

Who is involved?

The Framework involves an agreement across Departments and Agencies for a consistent understanding and approach to domestic and family violence that has a focus on women's and children's safety and the accountability of perpetrators.

The implementation of the Framework is managed by the Office for Women, in conjunction with the Family Safety Framework Implementation Committee made up of representatives from participating agencies. The core agencies involved are:

Where are Family Safety Meetings held?

Family Safety Meetings are held regularly (usually fortnightly) in 19 police local service areas in South Australia. These are:

Holden Hill, South Coast [Noarlunga], Northern Metro [Elizabeth], Western Metro [Port Adelaide], Sturt [Inner Southern metro], Adelaide Eastern, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Limestone Coast, Berri [Riverland], Murray Bridge, Port Lincoln, Coober Pedy, Gawler Barossa, Adelaide Hills, APY Lands, Ceduna, Whyalla & Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island.

The updated Family Safety Framework Practice Manual is now available. Download version 6 of the Practice Manual 2015 (PDF 1.4 MB).

Resources for Service Providers

Family Safety Framework forms and supporting documents for service providers involved in the Framework are also available:


An evaluation of the Family Safety Framework trials was conducted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (AGD) in late 2008.  Download a copy of the FSF Evaluation Final Report (PDF 651.7 KB)

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