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2.1.2 Child in Need Plans and Reviews for Children with Disability

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Child in Need Plans and Reviews Procedure

This is a new chapter for June 2011.


Contents

  1. Children in Need Plans for Children with Disability
  2. Child in Need Meetings
  3. Child in Need Plan Reviews
  4. Ending the Child's Plan


1. Children in Need Plans for Children with Disability

A Child in Need Plan will be created at the end of the Social Care Assessment.

If a Social Care Assessment identifies a child as being a child in need of support as defined by the S17 of the CA '89, a CIN plan will be created for the child.

If the outcome of the Initial Assessment is that a Strategy Discussion is needed, the Strategy discussion will consider the steps to be taken to provide services and protect the child. When the Strategy Discussion decides that the chid is a Child in Need of support, the first Child in Need meeting will take place within 10 working days from the date of the Strategy Discussion.

If at the end of an S47 enquiry it is decided that the child is in need of support and not at continuous risk of significant harm, the first Child in Need meeting will take place within 10 working days from the end date of the Section 47 Enquiry.

If the case is open to Team Around the Child and the child has a TAC plan, this plan will remain open until it is decided, as a result of a Social Care Assessment, that a Child in Need Plan is needed to address the needs of the child. At that time the CIN plan will replace the TAC plan.


2. Child in Need Meetings

The first child in Need Meeting is chaired by the Practice Supervisor (subsequent CIN Meetings must be chaired by Social Worker or Children and Families Officer) the meeting will be attended by the child (if applicable), family and key agencies within 10 days of the end of the Social Care Assessment or any other events listed above - Strategy Discussion S47 enquiry.

Subsequent Child in Need meetings will take place as often as decided at the Initial Child in Need Meeting or at Child in Need Reviews but not less than once every 12 weeks.

The CIN meeting is not a formal review of the Plan.

The objectives of the Child in Need Meeting are:

  • Record everyone's commitment to the plan;
  • To identify if any of the needs and planned outcomes can be met by the family with the provision of a Family Group Conference and if agreed by the family promote this service;
  • Agree any missing information within the plan for example confirming the type service provision, frequency, roles, start dates for the service;
  • Agree the frequency of Child in Need meetings to be held with the child, family and professionals between Child in Need Reviews;
  • Where siblings have open referrals to Children with Disabilities team and Team Around the Child information sharing should be considered to inform the individual plans. Joint Child in Need Reviews and Child in Need Meetings shall be considered;
  • Agree the date, time and venue of the Child in Need Review (within 6 months from the date of the Initial Child in Need Meeting) and next Child in Need Meeting(s).

Business Support will assist the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer with the setting up of the meeting, including contacting professionals for their availability, sending invitations, booking venues.

Following the meeting the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer will:

  • If it was decided at the Child in Need Meeting that Family Group Conference service needs to be provided a Family Group Conference request for service form (FGC Questionnaire case note) will be completed within five working days of the meeting;
  • Make any amendments/updates to the child's plan within five working days of the date of the meeting (before the plan is changed a copy of the current version of the plan will be saved outside MOSAIC);
  • Request business support to distribute the plan within five working days;
  • Record the Child in Need Meeting in the child's electronic record as a case note (CIN Meeting) completing the attached questionnaire.

Business Support will:

  • Distribute the plan and any other documents on behalf of the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer;
  • Record in the case notes that the plan has been distributed.


3. Child in Need Plan Reviews

Child in Need Plan Reviews are chaired by a Practice Supervisor or Team Manager at least once a year. The other reviews will be chaired by allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer.

The review discussions and decisions will be audited by the supervising Principal Practitioner.

The Plan will be reviewed within six months from the end date of the First Child in Need Meeting, the second and subsequent reviews will be held every six months.

Within 5 working days prior the date of the review, the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer will provide a copy of the child's plan to all those involved, including the child/young person and family.

Key professionals, the parent/carer and the child/young person will be will be invited to contribute, attend the review and to be involved in the review process and in constructing the revised plan. Consideration and support must be given to ensure children and young people with disabilities can contribute to their plan and review.

The child/young person, parent/carer and key professionals will be invited to contribute to the review either by attendance to the meeting(s) or by providing written information that gives an update on their involvement and planned outcomes since the last review.

The Child/Young Person must be seen and spoken to alone by the allocated Social Worker prior to the review whether the child/young person will be attending the review or not, in order for their wishes, feelings and views to be sought, recorded and taken into consideration in the review. If the child/young person does not agree to being seen on their own a report from the teacher or other relevant professional will be sought to confirm that a further assessment under s17 is not required.

When possible, the Child in Need Review will be held at the same time with other statutory reviews for Children with Disability (Special Educational Needs review, Transition review, etc)

At the review meeting the Practice Supervisor, allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer who chairs the meeting would:

  • Ensure that everything is working effectively;
  • Review the services against the planned outcomes;
  • Review the child's needs against the planned outcomes;
  • Confirm that the planned outcomes have been met;
  • Recommend the end of services when the planned outcomes are met;
  • Add any identified needs, the services and planned outcomes that do not require an assessment (the Social Worker or Children and Families Officer will create the newly identified needs in the child's electronic record and link them to the child's plan);
  • Agree the date of the next review;
  • Ensure that the services are providing value for money;
  • Ensure services are being provided within a reasonable timescale;
  • Identify if any of the needs and planned outcomes can be met by the family with the provision of a Family Group Conference.

Following the Review the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer will:

  • Complete the chair's report by recording the minutes of the review within 5 working days of the date of the review. Business Support will distribute the minutes;
  • Take up any issues with the relevant manager's in respect of delay in service provision, lack of commitment from service providers, issues relating to value for money;
  • If it was decided at the Child in Need review that Family Group Conference service needs to be provided, a Family Group Conference request for service form (FGC Questionnaire case note) will be completed within five working days of the meeting by the allocated Social Worker or Children and Families Officer;
  • Will change/amend the child's plan as necessary and create the next review in the child's electronic record as due, within five working;
  • Complete a new contact in the child's electronic record if there has been any 'significant information/change of circumstances' shared at the review for consideration for assessment within one working day of the date of the review;
  • Review of the Child's Plan when the outstanding service provision is financial support from the Local Authority.


4. Ending the Child's Plan

Prior the end of the Child's Plan a copy of the plan will be stored on the supporting file to the child's MOSAIC record. This is to ensure that a history of all completed plans is retained.

The Child in Need plan is closed by the Team Manager/ Practice Supervisor when they close the referral.

When the plan is closed between the reviews, the review that is recorded as due in the child's electronic record is completed indicating the action that will be taken (referral to another agency, NFA, etc.).

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