Structured Decision Making Model (SDM)

SDM or Structured Decision Making is a case management system used in the delivery of child protection services. The SDM system is comprised of six assessment tools: Intake Assessment; Safety Assessment; Risk Assessment; Family Strengths and Needs Assessment; Risk Reassessment; and Reunification Assessment.

SDM has two major goals. Firstly, to reduce subsequent harm or maltreatment for children and families, and secondly, too expediate permanency and safe reunification. To achieve these goals, SDM has laid out several core objectives: structure critical decision points; increase consistency in decision making; increase accuracy in decision making; and through the use of data to inform policy and practice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To learn more about implementing SDM at your agency and some of the common questions that agencies have when it comes to implementation please click here

For more information on training and on-site support please contact Laura Hicks (306-373-2874 ext.224 or laura@sfnfci.ca) and/or Rachel Melymick (306-373-2874 ext 228 or rachel@sfnfci.ca )

SDM Attachments

For the SDM Policy and Procedures Manual for Agencies not on Linkin (updated February 2015) click here.

For an overview of the SDM Intake and Investigation process click here.

SDM TOOLS:

1. SDM Intake

2. SDM Safety

3. SDM Risk

4. SDM FSNA (Family Strength and Needs)

5. SDM CSNA (Child Strength and Needs)

6. SDM Reunification

7. SDM Risk Reassessment