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This procedure applies where allegations are made or suspicions are raised that approved prospective adopters have caused Significant Harm to a child. It also applies where allegations are made by or in relation to a child placed for adoption or a child already adopted and in receipt of adoption support services. It may relate to recent abuse or neglect or historical abuseThe procedure should be read in conjunction with the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures.
Child in Need Planning Meetings will follow a Child and Family Single Assessment, where the assessment concludes that a package of family support is required to meet the child's needs under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
The Planning Meeting provides an opportunity for a child and their parents/carers, together with key agencies, to identify and agree the package of services required and to develop the Child in Need Plan.
All Child in Need Planning Meetings should be attended by the child (depending on age and understanding), parents/carers and those agencies whose potential/actual contribution is recommended as an outcome of an assessment.
The relevant social worker should discuss potential attendees for the Planning Meeting with the child and the parents/carers prior to arrangements being made for the meeting.
It will be important that an appropriate venue suitable for the child and their family is used for the meeting. Consideration must be given to transport, timing and any child care issues. Where a child is attending a meeting and is of school age the meeting should be held outside of school time, wherever possible.
The first Planning Meeting will usually be chaired by the social worker's Practice Manager or team manager.
The social worker is responsible for convening the meeting and arranging invitations.
A note of the meeting will be taken by the Chair. This record will be documented on the child's electronic record and copied to those involved, including the child and parent/s, who will need to sign their agreement.
The Child in Need Plan will be developed in a Child in Need Planning Meeting.
Most Child in Need Plans will envisage that Children's Social Care intervention will end within 12 months. During this time the Child in Need Plan needs to be regularly reviewed to decide whether escalation or de-escalation would be more appropriate than continuing with the plan. However, some children and families may require longer term support, for example disabled children.When an assessment is being completed for a child that is not looked after to ascertain if a Special Guardianship Order should be made, the child will be considered as a Child In Need. The team manager will decide and record if a Child In Need Planning Meeting is required. This will be recorded on the Child's Electronic Record as a decision.
The Child in Need Plan must identify the Lead Professional, any resources or services that will be needed to achieve the planned outcomes within the agreed timescales and who is responsible for which action and the time-scale involved. All plans should be SMART.
In particular, the Child in Need Plan should:
The Chair of the Child in Need Planning Meeting is responsible for the distribution of the Child in Need Plan. A copy of the Child in Need Plan should be provided to the parents, child (if old enough) and the agencies or other professionals involved in the provision of services under the Plan.
The Lead Professional will be responsible for implementing the plan including making referrals to appropriate agencies for services as described in the plan.
Where it becomes necessary to make minor adjustments to the plan and services provided, any changes to the plan must be made in consultation with the parents and the child (where appropriate) and key professionals from other agencies.
Reviews of the plan should take place at 6 weekly intervals. However the multi-agency group may decide that less frequent reviews at up to 3 monthly intervals are required. Disabled children who are managed at CIN level 3 will be reviewed at a minimum of 6 months.
If there are significant changes in the family circumstances, an early review should take place.
Any child protection or safeguarding issues which arise during the course of a Child in Need Plan must be responded to in line with the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures.
The Review will usually be carried out by the Lead Professional, who should invite or seek the views of the child, parents and any service providers. The responsible team will administer all Child in Need Reviews.
The Review will take place within a meeting. The Lead Professional or their Practice Manager / team manager will usually chair the meeting.The purpose of the Review is to ensure that the services provided are contributing to the achievement of the objectives within the time-scales set and that the overall plan remains appropriate.
Where it is proposed that a complex package of support being provided under a Child in Need Plan should continue beyond 12 months there should be a specific review chaired by the manager of the responsible team. Exceptions to this will be those cases where the plan acknowledges the need for longer term support, for example in relation to children who meet the criteria for the Disabled Children Team.
All decisions made should be recorded on the child's electronic record, together with reasons, and dated.
A copy of the record should be sent to the child (if old enough), parent and all other participants in the Review process.
The outcome of a Review will be:
Where the outcome of the Review is an amendment to the Child in Need Plan, the Lead Professional should circulate a copy of the amended Plan to the child, parents, and other agencies/professionals involved in providing the services set out in the amended Plan, including any new services to be provided.
This section deals with children who are subject to Children in Need Plans and who move to another local authority. The principles apply to local authorities in the circumstances of both transferring out and receiving in Children in Need.
In a number of situations, a move by children and their families to another local authority is a positive step. However, and particularly where children and their families may have moved on more than one occasion in a short space of time, the move may be a cause for concern and any assessment should consider the impact of the move on the child, including whether the child may be subject to trafficking or modern slavery.
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