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5.3.8 Key Principles of Care Plan Reviews

This chapter was added to this manual in March 2014.


Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Recording of the Care Plan
  3. Care Plan Review Cycle


1. Overview

The Care Plan should retain a focus on the child at all times.

The Care Plan should clearly detail the outcomes for the child and how these are to be achieved:

  1. The statutory reviewing process must ensure that the views of the child and their parents and carers and any relevant wider family members have been obtained and explored and incorporated into the Care Plan as appropriate;
  2. The Care Plan is a dynamic document and needs to be current. The plan must be updated in response to a significant change. Any significant change should be discussed with the Independent Reviewing Officer who will decide in conjunction with the social worker whether the review needs to be brought forward.


2. Recording of the Care Plan

The Care Plan must be completed on CCM either prior to a child becoming looked after or within 10 days of becoming looked after:

  1. The Care Plan should be discussed with the child, the parents, carers and significant others;
  2. The Care Plan should be given to the IRO 48 hours prior to the first review;
  3. The review will discuss and, if appropriate, make suggested amendments to the Care Plan. These amendments must be recorded on the CCM care plan and distributed to the child, carers and parents within 5 working days;
  4. A signed copy of the revised Care Plan should be scanned onto ESCR within 10 working days;
  5. In all cases, a new Care Plan should be completed in response to a reassessment of the child's needs either in response to a significant change or in response to changes in the child's developmental needs.


3. Care Plan Review Cycle

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