Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs

Rule Rule 413-080-0055
Monitoring an In-home Ongoing Safety Plan


(1)

To manage an in-home ongoing safety plan and monitor the child’s safety when the child is in the home of the parent or guardian, Department staff must contact the following individuals, as described below:

(a)

Face-to-face contact with the child, or review the documentation of the contact made by Department staff under OAR 413-080-0054 (Monthly Face-to-Face Contact Requirements);

(b)

Face-to-face contact with the child’s parents or guardians in the home of the parents or guardians;

(c)

Contact with the child’s non-custodial parent or guardian, except as provided in OAR 413-080-0054 (Monthly Face-to-Face Contact Requirements)(2); and

(d)

Contact with each participant in the ongoing safety plan.

(2)

To monitor and assure the safety of the child, during the contact required under section (1) of this rule, the caseworker must complete each of the following:

(a)

Contact each participant in the ongoing safety plan and assess the documented information regarding all contacts made in section (1) of this rule.

(b)

Look for and assess any changes in the protective capacity of parents or guardians, including changes in the ability or willingness of a parent or guardian to keep the child safe.

(c)

Assess whether the in-home ongoing safety plan keeps the child safe by determining:

(A)

Whether the home environment is stable enough for safety service providers to be in the home and be safe; and

(B)

Whether the parent or guardian is:

(i)

Agreeable to the safety services in the ongoing safety plan;

(ii)

Cooperating in safety services provided as prescribed by the ongoing safety plan;

(iii)

Cooperating with all participants in the ongoing safety plan;

(iv)

Participating in the actions and the time requirements of the ongoing safety plan; and

(v)

Meeting the expectations detailed in the ongoing safety plan.

(d)

Determine whether:

(A)

The child is safe and the condition of the child is satisfactory; and

(B)

Impending danger safety threats to the child are managed.

(3)

Through contact with the participants in the ongoing safety plan, required under section (1) of this rule, the caseworker must determine whether:

(a)

Participants in the ongoing safety plan are engaged and active in the safety activities;

(b)

The parents or guardians are cooperating with the safety services prescribed by the ongoing safety plan;

(c)

The safety service providers are engaged with the parents or guardians;

(d)

The safety service providers have fulfilled their established responsibilities in the ongoing safety plan;

(e)

The level of intervention assures the ongoing safety of the child; and

(f)

The services are the least intrusive available to assure the child’s safety.

(4)

Whenever a participant in the ongoing safety plan or a safety service provider reports information indicating that there is a present danger safety threat or a new impending danger safety threat, the caseworker must comply with OAR 413-080-0051 (Addressing Safety Threats and Reports of Abuse on an Open Case).

(5)

The caseworker must determine whether:

(a)

Behaviors, conditions, or circumstances within the family require an increase in the level of safety intervention;

(b)

A less intrusive ongoing safety plan can assure the safety of the child; or

(c)

The ongoing safety plan is keeping the child safe and provides the appropriate level of safety intervention.

(6)

If the caseworker determines the level of intervention of the in-home ongoing safety plan must be revised, the caseworker must:

(a)

End the in-home ongoing safety plan when there is no longer an impending danger safety threat to the child.

(b)

Reduce the level of intervention whenever:

(A)

The improved protective capacity of the parent or guardian is sufficient to impact his or her ability to cooperate with the ongoing safety plan to control impending danger safety threats as they are occurring within the family; and

(B)

An impending danger safety threat can be managed with less intrusive actions or services.

(c)

Increase the level of intervention whenever:

(A)

A parent or guardian is unable or unwilling to cooperate with the ongoing safety plan to control the impending danger safety threats to the child as they are occurring within the family with the ongoing safety plan; or

(B)

Any identified impending danger safety threat cannot be managed with the current ongoing safety plan.

(d)

The revised ongoing safety plan must:

(A)

Comply with the criteria of OAR 413-015-0450 (Develop an Ongoing Safety Plan); and

(B)

Be approved by the caseworker’s supervisor.

(7)

Department staff must document in the Department’s electronic information system:

(a)

The date, type, and location of each contact with the child, parents, or guardians;

(b)

The date and type of each contact with each participant in the in-home ongoing safety plan;

(c)

Observations and facts relevant to case planning and service delivery;

(d)

How the ongoing safety plan continues to manage the impending danger safety threats as they are occurring within the family, or any revised ongoing safety plan and the facts supporting that revision; and

(e)

Any protective action plan if required to assure the safety of the child.
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