Care Plans and Statutory Reviews
for Children and Families
If the council is looking after a child, the law says that there must be a clear plan about how that child is looked after. This is a written document called a care plan. It must include arrangements for the child's:
- Religion and culture
- Contact with family and friends
The following people are involved in creating the care plan:
- the child / young person;
- their parents or carers; and
- the child's social worker.
A care plan should be written before a child comes into care, but in an emergency it will be done as soon as possible afterwards.
Care plans have to be reviewed and changed as necessary. There is a legal duty to do this and it is called a statutory review:
- The first review is within four weeks of the child being looked after.
- The second review will be within three months of the first.
- After that they will be on a six monthly basis until the child is no longer looked after.
Care planning is seen as appropriate when a child or young person is:
- looked after, subject to a care order ;
- accommodated by the local authority under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 at the request of the child or parent where no other person is able to provide suitable accommodation and care.
You can contact your nearest Neighbourhood Office.
If you want more information about care planning and statutory reviews contact:
The Children Rights Officer
150 Church Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2RT
Telephone: 0121 303 7217 or 0121 303 7224
(24 hours Answer phone facility available).