Contact us: +61 8 8303 0961
Office for Women

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 17 police local service areas in South Australia. These are:

Northern District, Southern District, Eastern District and Western District, 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 currently being reviewed. If you would like a copy of the previous version please contact the Office for Women.

Making a Family Safety Framework referral

Family Safety Meetings are chaired by South Australia Police (SAPOL).

To make a referral to your local Family Safety Meeting the relevant worker needs to take the following steps:

  1. complete a risk assessment form
  2. complete a FSF referral form
  3. contact the SAPOL Chair of the relevant meeting
  4. discuss the referral with the SAPOL Chair
  5. if agreed with the SAPOL Chair, forward all the forms to SAPOL

To make a referral in the metropolitan area contact the relevant SAPOL Family Violence Investigation Section (FVIS), a list of FVIS contact details is available at

To make a referral in country locations contact your local police station. To find your local police station and its contact details visit

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)

Further information

If you need further information about the Family Safety Framework, email

State Government of South Australia © Copyright DHS [sm v5.4.7.1] .

Provided by:
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Last Updated:
16 May 2017
Printed on:
20 Feb 2019
The Office for Women website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. © Copyright 2016