Substantiation and Risk Assignment - Information for Child Protection Workers

Substantiation and risk assignment determinations are related but discrete assessment and decision-making processes. Both types of decisions inform what actions, if any, need to be taken by Child Protection to support a family, ensure a child's safety and promote his/her stability and healthy development.

The substantiation decision will focus on whether the child has experienced significant harm to his/her safety, stability and/or development. The decision must be taken as soon as practicable but within 28 days of the receipt of a report by Child Protection.

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