Safety assessments should be conducted at certain milestones in the case
including, and not limited to: during the investigation of the initial and subsequent reports; when there are significant changes to the home composition; and prior to case closing
. The organization should be in compliance with any regulatory or administrative requirements that define intervals for safety assessments. Safety plans can include home based services, removal from the home of the person alleged to be responsible for the maltreatment, voluntary placement of the child with a relative, or removal of the child from the home. Families experiencing domestic violence can benefit from safety planning
that involves a domestic violence specialist or advocate.