Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs
Monitoring an In-home Ongoing Safety Plan
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:
Behaviors, conditions, or circumstances within the family require an increase in the level of safety intervention;
A less intrusive ongoing safety plan can assure the safety of the child; or
The ongoing safety plan is keeping the child safe and provides the appropriate level of safety intervention.
If the caseworker determines the level of intervention of the in-home ongoing safety plan must be revised, the caseworker must:
End the in-home ongoing safety plan when there is no longer an impending danger safety threat to the child.
Reduce the level of intervention whenever:
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
An impending danger safety threat can be managed with less intrusive actions or services.
Increase the level of intervention whenever:
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
Any identified impending danger safety threat cannot be managed with the current ongoing safety plan.
Department staff must document in the Department’s electronic information system:
The date, type, and location of each contact with the child, parents, or guardians;
The date and type of each contact with each participant in the in-home ongoing safety plan;
Observations and facts relevant to case planning and service delivery;
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
Any protective action plan if required to assure the safety of the child.