What is a Placement Planning Meeting?

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  • Author:Dominique Dunning
  • Published:2021
  • Country: United Kingdom

What is a Placement Planning Meeting?

A Placement Planning Meeting should be arranged as part of the process of identifying and placing a child. It is good practice for the first Placement Planning Meeting to be held before the placement.

In reality, this rarely happens by virtue of the way in which many young people enter care which is often urgent or emergency and “Out of Hours” when the team around the child may not be available.

However, where this is not possible because of the urgency of the situation, it should be held so that at the earliest opportunity so that a Placement Plan is prepared within 5 working days of the start of the placement.

Further Placement Planning Meetings should be held at intervals agreed with the manager of the residential home or the foster carers and their supervising social worker. On occasions, a further meeting will be necessary for example where there are issues to be resolved in relation to the day to day arrangements for the placement.

The social worker and home manager/foster carers supervising social worker will agree on the best format and venue for the meeting and who will chair the meeting.

    1. The people listed below should contribute to the meetings:
    2. The child’s social worker and/or other professional associated with the child e.g. Personal Adviser or advocate;
    3. The child;
    4. The child’s parents;
    5. For children in residential care, the child’s link worker/keyworker and, where appropriate the home manager;
    6. For children in foster care, the foster carers and their supervising social worker.

Before any meeting, the chairperson should obtain or be updated on the following, if available:

    • The child’s Placement Plan.
    • Any work which has been undertaken in supporting the child’s placement.
    • If relevant: the child’s Care Plan, Personal Education Plan and Pathway Plan.

Special consideration should be given where the proposed placement has the effect of disrupting the arrangements made for the child’s education and training and where the proposed placement is not easily commutable.

The chairperson should also ensure that the child, parent(s) and others who have been asked to contribute understand the purpose of the meeting, how it will be conducted and are given the opportunity to put their views and suggestions.

If a placement has been made as an emergency and without there are concerns about the suitability of the placement, consideration should be given to the following:

  • Whether it is possible to sustain the placement until the next Looked After Review by, for example, providing additional support to the placement;
  • Bringing forward the date of the next Looked After Review;
  • Ending the placement
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