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3.3.6 Placement Plan Review


Contents

  1. Purpose of Placement Planning Reviews
  2. Frequency of Placement Plan Reviews
  3. Who should Convene Placement Planning Reviews?
  4. Chairing Placement Plan Reviews
  5. Who Should Attend or Contribute to the Review?
  6. Preparation and Conducting the Review
  7. Recording of Review Outcomes


1. Purpose of Placement Planning Reviews

The purpose of Placement Planning Reviews is to ensure the Placement Plans for Looked After Children continue to be kept up to date in order to meet their needs, as set out in a Care Plan or Pathway Plan.

This does not prevent the child's social worker or manager of the home (in relation to a child placed in residential care) from amending or making modifications to the Placement Information Record/Placement Plan between Placement Plan Reviews so long as this has been agreed with the child, parents and carers. 


2. Frequency of Placement Plan Reviews

Placement Plan Reviews should be held at the following intervals:

  1. Within three working days of the child's placement in residential care if a Placement Information Record/Placement Plan was not completed prior to the placement, sufficient to sustain the child until the first Looked After Review - see Emergency Review Procedure.
  2. Within five working days of the child's placement in foster care if a Placement Information Record/Placement Plan was not completed prior to the placement, sufficient to sustain the child until the first Looked After Review - see Decision to Look After and Care Planning Procedure.
  3. As part of a Looked After Review - see Looked After Reviews Procedure.
  4. After serious Incidents or in the light of significant changes in the child's circumstances that suggest it is necessary to review the arrangements set out in the Placement Information Record/Placement Plan. (This may also be referred to as a Disruption Meeting).
  5. At other times agreed between the social worker and provider/carer.
  6. Where the Statement of Purpose for a children's home determines that such reviews should occur.


3. Who Should Convene Placement Planning Reviews?

Placement Plan Reviews will usually be held at the child's Looked After Review and no separate meeting arranged.

Where a separate meeting is necessary, for example after a serious Incident:

  1. In children's homes, the manager of the home or a person delegated to act on the manager's behalf will usually initiate Placement Plan Reviews.
  2. In other placements, the social worker should convene the review


4. Chairing Placement Plan Reviews

Where Placement Plan Reviews take place as part of the Looked After Review, the Independent Reviewing Officer will chair the meeting.

Where a separate meeting is necessary:

  • In children's homes, the manager of the home, or a person delegated to act on the manager's behalf or a social work manager will chair Placement Plan Reviews.
  • In other placements, the social worker or manager will chair the Review.


5. Who Should Attend or Contribute to the Review?

The people who should contribute are:

  1. The child's social worker
  2. The child
  3. The child's parents
  4. The foster carer and fostering social worker or a representative from the children's home


6. Preparation and Conducting the Review

Additional detailed guidance on preparation and chairing of reviews is contained in Children's Review Guidance

Before the Review the chairperson should obtain or be up dated on the following:

  • The child's Placement Information Record/Placement Plan
  • Any work which has been undertaken by key professionals involved in supporting the child's placement
  • The child's Care Plan or Pathway Plan

The Chair should also ensure that the child, parent(s) and others who have been asked to contribute, understand the purpose of the review, how it will be conducted and are given the opportunity to put their views and suggestions.

During the Review, the Chair should ensure the following:

  • That consideration is given to the continuing appropriateness of the placement within the context of the child's Care Plan or Pathway Plan and the need for the Placement Information Record/Placement Plan to be amended as appropriate.
  • That the child's Placement Information Record/Placement Plan is updated if appropriate, and new or updated copies are circulated to those who were invited or contributed.
  • Where appropriate, that Mosaic is also updated.

This does not mean that amendments or modifications to Placement Information Record/Placement Plans may only be made at Placement Plan Reviews. When Placement Information Record/Placement Plans are drawn up and at each Placement Plan Review, the social worker and foster carer/foster carer/fostering social worker or home manager should agree the extent to which they can be amended or modified between Placement Plan Reviews or without consultation. 

If there are concerns about the suitability of the placement, consideration should be given to the following:

  • Whether it is possible to sustain the placement until the next Looked After Review by, for example, providing additional support to the placement
  • Bringing forward the date of the next Looked After Review.


7. Recording of Review Outcomes

The Chair must ensure that the - Placement Information Record/Placement Plan is updated or amended at the end of the Placement Plan Review.

Copies of the amended Placement Information Record/Placement Plan should then be circulated to the child, parents, carers and any other relevant parties.

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