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1.5.3 Out of Hours Placements

AMENDMENT

This chapter was reviewed locally in June 2015 and updated as required to reflect current practice.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Foster Placements
  3. Residential Placements


1. Introduction

Emergency placements should only be made if:

  • The child is at risk of immediate and significant harm; or
  • Has been abandoned; or
  • The parent(s) are refusing to care for the child and negotiations with them with a view to holding a planning meeting during ordinary working hours have proved unsuccessful and the child would be at risk if no alternative was found.

In view of the serious effects on the child of removal from home, every effort should be made to avoid placing a child or young person in foster care or residential care especially in an emergency/out of hours situation.

To this end, Emergency Duty Team (EDT) workers should:

  • Assess whether it would be safe for the matter to be dealt with on next normal working day;
  • Seek the removal of the risk element/person causing the risk from the household;
  • Encourage the parents/carers to propose an alternative temporary carer (friends/family).

The EDT worker should complete a thorough assessment to determine whether a placement is required. This must include detail of the alternatives which have considered and why they are not appropriate. The Duty Service Manager should be contacted to make a decision about whether to make a placement, and approve under the placement guarantee the appropriate placement. The EDT worker should record the above on the Child’s Electronic Record.

The Duty Service Manager on-call should be contacted at all times to approve any Local Authority placement. A placement cannot be made without a Service Manager’s approval.


2. Foster Placements

2.1 Selecting an emergency foster placements

The weekly placement guarantee email to EDT will indicate the available placements and age range.

When a placement is being arranged the EDT worker should provide the foster carer with as much information as possible to enable the carer to decide whether the placement is compatible with the needs of other children placed with them.

2.2 Making an emergency foster placement

In order to be able to provide safe and effective care the foster carer should, in all cases, be provided with the following information and documents:

  • Unplanned Admissions document for children/young people. This should be handwritten by the EDT worker and left with the carer which includes the medical consent form;
  • Medical consent form signed by the parent(s); and
  • Any other relevant information.

2.3 Notifying the Family Placement Team

The Fostering Team must be provided with the following information by 9.00 am the next working day by email:

  • Name(s) of child(ren);
  • With whom they have been placed.

2.4 Notifying the Relevant Children’s Social Care Team

The relevant Children’s Social Care Team must be provided with the following information by 9.00 am the next working day:

  • The EDT worker should record on the electronic system whether they have completed an Unplanned Admissions document and that the carer has a copy. The relevant allocated worker should take a photocopy of this for the electronic system records and ensure the relevant statutory documentation is followed up and completed on each child/young person;
  • Medical consent form signed by the parent(s); will be within the Unplanned Admissions Document and left with the carer;
  • Contact form to the Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) (if a new case); and
  • Completed daily record on the Child’s Electronic Record (if an open case).

The above information should also be followed up by an email by the EDT worker to the relevant Children’s Social Care Team and Duty Service Manager on call.


3. Residential Placements

3.1 Arranging a Placement

Emergency residential placements should only be made in exceptional circumstances, and if there is no appropriate placement with family or friends or with foster carers.

The EDT worker should contact Calderdale’s residential placements to establish if there is a potential vacancy, if a vacancy is established then a request for the relevant residential placement to contact their Senior Residential Manager should take place.

Under an emergency arrangement only this will be agreed by the Senior Residential Manager and Duty Service Manager after all other appropriate options have been exhausted.

3.2 Making a residential placement

In order to provide safe and effective care the children’s home should, in all cases, be provided with the following information and documents:

  • Unplanned Admissions document for children/young people. This should be handwritten by the EDT worker and left with the carer which includes the medical consent form;
  • Medical consent form signed by the parent(s)will be within the Unplanned Admissions Document and left with the carer;
  • Any other relevant information.

3.3 Notifying the Family Placement Team

The Fostering Team must be provided with the following information by 9.00 am the next working day by email:

  • Name(s) of child(ren);
  • With whom they have been placed.

3.4 Notifying the Relevant Children’s Social Care Team.

The relevant Children’s Social Care Team must be provided with the following information by 9.00 am the next working day :

  • The EDT worker should record on the electronic system whether they have completed an Unplanned Admissions document and that the carer has a copy;
  • The relevant allocated worker should take a photocopy of this for the electronic system records and ensure the relevant statutory documentation is followed up and completed on each child/young person;
  • Medical consent form signed by the parent(s); will be within the Unplanned Admissions Document and left with the carer;
  • Contact form to the Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) (if a new case).
Completed daily record on the Child’s Electronic Record (if an open case). The above information should also be followed up by an email by the EDT worker to the relevant Children’s Social Care Team and Duty Service Manager on call.

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