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1.1.6 Blackburn with Darwen Minimum Timescales

OTHER RELEVANT CHAPTER

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Procedure

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in October 2017.


Child Protection Visit
(age 0-5 years)
Every 3 Weeks
Child Protection Visit
(age over 5 years)
Every 3 Weeks
Looked After Child Visit
(new placement)
Within 7 days
Looked After Child Visit
(placement with parents)
Weekly until 1st Review
Then as per LAC
Looked After Child Visit
(regulation 24)
Weekly until 1st Review
As per LAC thereafter
Looked After Child Visit
(Care Orders or S20)
Every 4 weeks
Looked After Child Visit
(permanent matched)
Every 3 months
Private Fostering Visits As per LAC
Child with other person 'responsible for accommodation' Visits e.g. YOI As per LAC
Child Protection Conference ICPC within 15 days of Strategy Discussion.
Reviewed after 3 months and the 6 months thereafter
Child Protection Plan
(at Core Group)
Within 10 days of ICPC
4 weekly hereafter
LAC Review Meetings Within 20 days of becoming LAC
Reviewed after 3 months then 6 months thereafter*
LAC Care Plan Within 10 days of becoming LAC
Reviewed after 3 months then 6 months thereafter
PEP Within 10 days of becoming LAC
Reviewed every school term (3 times yearly)
Child Permanence Report
(for Adoption)
Not more than 6 weeks prior to Agency Decision Maker consultation meeting
Updated 6 monthly thereafter
Child in Need Visit Every 6 weeks

A Statutory visit to a Looked After Child can only be undertaken every 3 months following a year in placement if it has been confirmed that it is the placement that the child will remain until adulthood. Otherwise it remains a 6 weekly visit.

*Under the Care Planning, Placement and Care Review Regulations (2010) the IRO must be notified of any significant changes involved a looked after child. They will then determine whether an additional LAC Review should be held.

†Prior to a child being presented to the Agency Decision Maker, a LAC Review must be held to agree the plan of Adoption and be presented to Agency Decision Maker within 2 months of this being the agreed plan.

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