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 which describes those needs, where your child will live, and how your child will be cared for while they are in care.
When your child’s 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
- arrange for your child’s situation to be looked at again at regular meetings. These meetings are called Looked After Child (LAC) Review Meetings
- discuss your child’s situation regularly with an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO).
Your child’s social worker will send the care plan to the court proceedings - this is called an interim care plan. This care plan may be developed during the course of the court case. Your child’s social worker must tell your child’s Independent Reviewing Officer about any changes to the care plan.