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Family Safety Framework

What is the Family Safety Framework?

The Family Safety Framework (FSF) 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 FSF 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 FSF is underpinned by 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 core agencies involved are:

  • South Australia Police
  • Department for Child Protection
  • Housing SA – Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
  • Department for Correctional Services
  • Health Services (inc community, women's health, aboriginal health, midwifery, nursing and hospital staff)
  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Services SA
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Women's Domestic Violence Services (NGO)
  • Victim Support Service (NGO)

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 Family Safety Framework Practice Manual is now available. Download version 6 of the Practice Manual 2015 (PDF 1.4 MB). (Please note this is currently being reviewed.)

Making a Family Safety Framework referral

Family Safety Meetings are chaired by SAPOL. To make a referral to a Family Safety Meeting, the relevant worker needs to complete both a risk assessment form and a referral form (for more details, please see the FSF Practice Manual above). The Chair of the relevant meeting should then be contacted, the referral discussed and the forms then forwarded as agreed.

If you need further information about which meeting to refer to or how to contact a meeting Chair, email

Family Safety Framework/ Risk Assessment training

As per the across government FSF Agreement, Government Departments are responsible for providing their own training to staff on using the FSF.

Specialist Homelessness and Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Services, funded through NAHA by Housing SA can access FSF training through NAHA training. Refer to the NAHA Training Calendar for more information

Occasionally, the Office for Women organises additional FSF training sessions. These sessions will be listed below when available.

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 - FSF Evaluation Final Report (PDF 651.7 KB)

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