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1.5.3 Guidance on Ending Child Protection Plans for Children who become Looked After

AMENDMENTS

This chapter was amended in March 2011 to indicate that the Quality and Safeguarding Service should be contacted for further advice.


Contents

  1. Working Together 2010 (now archived) Guidance
  2. Islington Children Social Care's response


1. Working Together 2010 (now archived) Guidance

'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.' (5.144) (now archived).

'Where a looked after child remains the subject of a child protection plan it is expected that there will be a single planning and reviewing process, led by the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO), which meets the requirements of both this guidance and the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) regulations 2010 and accompanying Putting Care into Practice.' (5.145) (now archived)


2. Islington Children Social Care's Response

Children accommodated with no order: When a child subject to a child protection plan becomes looked after under s.20 of the 1989 Children Act (i.e. where the parent retains sole parental responsibility) Islington Children's Social Care's position is that any decision regarding the child protection plan should continue to be considered by a separate child protection conference. It is expected that in such circumstances, the child's CP Coordinator and IRO have a consultation before any meeting takes place.

Children looked after and subject to care orders: When a child with a child protection plan becomes looked after and subject to an Interim Care Order (i.e. where the Local Authority also has parental responsibility), consideration should be given to the child protection plan ending as soon as possible in order to allow the child's welfare to be monitored by a single planning and reviewing process - the Looked After Child Review. The Quality and Safeguarding Service should be contacted for further advice.

Please see the Flowchart as a guide to the process.

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