Interagency Code of Practice: Investigation of suspected harm to children and young people (ICP) (PDF, 2.9 MB) describes how agencies and organisations work together to investigate suspicions that a child or young person has been, or is at risk of, harm.

The ICP provides the key actions and considerations required at each stage of an investigative response when it is suspected that a child or young person has been harmed or is at risk of harm. It outlines agency roles and responsibilities and describes how the interagency team should operate to meet their responsibilities and address the complexities inherent in this work.

It is the intent of the ICP that practitioners are guided foremost by the child or young person’s safety and best interests, while also working towards supporting an effective criminal justice response for victims.

The ICP applies to all investigations conducted by DCP or SAPOL of suspected harm or risk of harm to children and young people, both intra-familial and extra-familial and responses to care concerns relating to children or young people in care that include an interagency component.