How plans are made for your child

When your child becomes looked after, your child’s social worker must carry out an assessment of your child’s needs and then develop a looked after child care plan. This plan sets out your child’s needs, where they will live, and how they will be cared for whilst they are in care.

When the social worker draws up your child’s care plan they should:

  • listen to your views
  • ask if you agree to the care plan (if at all possible)
  • arrange for your child to live with you, the other parent or a relative or friend who is approved as a foster carer, before considering unrelated foster carers, unless this would not be in their best interests
  • arrange contact so your child keeps in touch with you and other members of the family (unless it would not be in your child’s interests).