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4.7 Social Work Visits to Children with Complex Needs and Safety and Protection Needs


Contents

  1. Scope
  2. Minimum Standards for Visits
  3. Frequency of Visits to Children Subject to Section 46 Enquiries and CwCN Plan


1. Scope

1.1 This chapter applies to social work visits to Children subject to a CwCN Plan or Child Protection Risk Action Plan.
1.2 For children who are Looked After, please see Social Worker Visits Procedure.


2. Minimum Standards for Visits

2.1 The child/young person will be seen alone and occasionally outside the home (in accordance with their age and understanding). If the child refuses to be seen alone this must be recorded.
2.2 The child/young person and carers' views must be recorded in response to all questions that are recorded in the child/young person's record.
2.3 The child/young person's bedroom will be seen.
2.4 The conditions of the living accommodation will be recorded.
2.5 The child/young person's education and employment progress will be discussed. If possible, the latest School Report should be discussed. Agreement should be sought from Children Looked After for a copy of this to be uploaded on to Protocol. In addition any attainment targets reached, examination results received and any notable other achievements (drama, sport, music etc.) should be noted.
2.6 There will be discussion with the child/young person and carer(s) about the child/young person's health and well-being and any safeguarding issues.
2.7 Confirmation that a dynamic risk assessment is completed if it seems necessary.
2.8 There will be discussion about the social and leisure activities.
2.9 There will be discussion about the child's identity in the community.
2.10 There will be discussion about how the racial, cultural, religious, communication and special needs are being met.
2.11 There will be discussion about contact arrangements.
2.12 There will be discussion about the child's relationship with his or her own family.
2.13 Sometimes all household members will be present.
2.14 Details of any residents who have recently left the placement will be recorded.
2.15 There will be discussion with the carers' around the support they are receiving and if any other needs are identified.
2.16 Advice and assistance will be provided as required to the carer(s). Families with CWD may be eligible for a specific carer’s assessment.
2.17 The social worker will ensure that the child knows how to make a complaint.
2.18 There will be a discussion (after the age of 15 ¾), if the child is LAC with the child and carer(s) around the preparation for independence through a Pathway Plan.
2.19 The social worker will consider whether this is the preferred living arrangement that matches the child/young person's needs? If not what is being done to address this.
2.20 If the Social Worker is not undertaking the visit, the practitioner who has visited and recording the visit must ensure that the Social Worker is able to read it within two working days. If this is not possible the recording practitioner must inform the social worker’s Team Manager, who will read the record.


3. Frequency of Visits to Children Subject to Section 46 Enquiries and CwCN Plan

3.1 Frequency of Social Work visits must be specified in the Child Protection Risk Action Plan or CwCN Plan.
3.2 For children who are the subject of a Child Protection Risk Action Plan, the minimum frequency is four weekly, but may need to be more frequent dependent on individual assessed circumstances.
3.3 For children who are the subject of a CwCN Plan, the minimum frequency is 6 weekly but may need to be more frequent dependent on individual assessed circumstances.

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