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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
  • SA Housing Authority
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department for Correctional Services
  • SA Health (inc community, women's health, Aboriginal health, midwifery, nursing and hospital staff)
  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Services SA
  • Department for Education
  • Women's Domestic Violence Services (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:

  • Adelaide Hills
  • APY Lands
  • Berri [Riverland]
  • Ceduna
  • Coober Pedy
  • Eastern District and Western District
  • Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island
  • Gawler Barossa
  • Limestone Coast
  • Murray Bridge
  • Northern District
  • Port Augusta
  • Port Lincoln
  • Port Pirie
  • Southern District
  • Whyalla.

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

In the metropolitan area

Contact the relevant SAPOL Family Violence Investigation Section (FVIS).

In the country

Contact your local police station.

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.

Resources for Service Providers

The Family Safety Framework Practice Manual is currently under review, however, the 2015 manual is available for use in the meantime. Some content may be dated (eg agency names) but such content does not effect the practical delivery of the FSF or the running of FSMs. It should be noted that an updated version will be in place later this year.

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


A 2008 evaluation of the Family Safety Framework trials was conducted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (AGD) - FSF Evaluation Final Report (PDF 651.7 KB)

Further information


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