§2 ch9: Safety Analysis and Risk Assessment
9.5 Risk Reassessment (CS-16E):
The Risk Reassessment (CS-16E) assesses risk of future child maltreatment and assists workers in evaluating whether risk levels have decreased, remained the same or have increased since the initial risk assessment.
The Risk Assessment is to be completed at the conclusion of every investigation/family assessment in which there are children who remain in the home. The risk assessment identifies the level of risk of future maltreatment and is used to guide the decision to close or open the investigation/family assessment for ongoing services. The following chart shows the recommended case open/close decisions based on the risk level for investigations and family assessments:
Risk-Based Case Open/Close Guidelines Risk Level Investigations Family Assessments Probable Cause Unsubstantiated Low Close Close Close Moderate Open/Close Close Open/Close High Open Open/Close w/referral Open/Close w/referral Very High Open Open/Close w/referral Open/Close w/referral
NOTE: There may be unique circumstances in which it is appropriate to open low risk cases (for example, court-ordered services), or close very high risk cases (for example, family moved out of state). Reasons for opening or closing cases outside of the recommended guidelines should be clearly documented in the case record.
9.5.1 Priority of Initial Client Contact after a Case Opening Based on SDM RiskPrior to signing off on a CA/N investigation/family assessment, the Supervisor will review the CPS-1and will determine the priority of the initial face to face interview with the family by the assigned Family Centered Services (FCS) worker based on the following SDM risk levels:
- High or Very High Risk - within one (1) working day;
- Moderate Risk - within five (5) working days; and
- Low Risk - within ten (10) working days.
If the FCS case referral was not due to a CA/N investigation/family assessment, the supervisor’s appraisal of the potential risk to the children and overall family situation will determine when treatment follow-up contact by the FCS worker is needed. This should Not Exceed (10) Working Days From Case Assignment.