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5.1.15 Unsuitable Material for Looked After Children

Contents

  1. What is Unsuitable Material?
  2. Procedure


1. What is Unsuitable Material?

  • Any materials that undermine the placement in which the child is living;
  • Negative references either relating to carers, other family members, or any agencies working with the child;
  • Any statements, which are unrealistic and would raise false hopes in children with regard to anything specific contained within the care planning;
  • Any gifts that might be deemed as dangerous and not age appropriate, or items that may trigger reference to past negative issues;
  • Gifts that may deemed excessive in quantity or price and are thought to be purchased for a child in an attempt to bribe/coerce.


2. Procedure

Initial outlines on the giving and receiving of gifts and correspondence will be made at the care planning stage and within any contact agreements, in conjunction with children, carers, the social worker, birth family and the child's Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO).

Should a social worker be aware of a child receiving potentially unsuitable material a discussion should be held between the social worker and their supervisor as to the appropriateness of such materials. The outcome of this discussion should be recorded as a case note on Protocol.

if further discussion is required this should be raised with the Team Manager, and again the outcome of this discussion should be noted as a case note on Protocol.

Where a decision still cannot be reached the final decision will be made by a Head of Service, and the outcome of this discussion recorded as a case note on Protocol.

Families that are unhappy with the decision taken will then have recourse to access the local authorities' customer services team.

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