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5.3.9 Children Subject to a Child Protection Plan Who Become Looked After

This chapter was added to this manual in March 2014.


Policy Framework

The reason for this guidance is to improve the clarity of planning in this area and to avoid families being subject to overly bureaucratic processes.

The general principle is that children should not be subject to two independent reviewing processes.

In most cases, where a child who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan becomes looked after, it will no longer be necessary to maintain the child protection plan.

The criteria within Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) (see Flowchart 5: What happens after the child protection conference, including the review) indicates that:

A child should no longer be the subject of a child protection plan if:

  • It is judged that the child is no longer continuing to, or likely to, suffer significant harm and therefore no longer requires safeguarding by means of a child protection plan;
  • The child and family have moved permanently to another local authority area;
  • The child has reached 18 years of age (to end the child protection plan, the local authority should have a review around the child's birthday and this should be planned in advance), has died` or has permanently left the UK.

When a child subject to a child protection plan becomes looked after, it is assumed that there would no longer be a continuing risk of Significant Harm and that, therefore, the requirement for a Child Protection Plan would cease.

Where a looked after child remains the subject of a child protection plan it is expected that there will be a process, led by the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO), which meets the requirements of both sets of guidance.

If the child's circumstances are being considered by the court but there is no order and the child is not looked after then the child will remain subject to a child protection plan to ensure that the plan is reviewed.

The flowchart shows the process to be followed for Children subject to a child protection plan who become looked after.

Click here to view Children Subject to a Child Protection Plan Who Become Looked After Process Flowchart.

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