All children who are ‘looked after’ (either accommodated or in care) by a local authority are subject to regular reviews.
- The minimum frequency is fixed though they can take place more often if they need to.
- A child’s review should take place within four weeks of any new placement.
- The second review should take place within four months of the start of the placement.
- Subsequent reviews should take place at six monthly intervals unless a decision is taken to hold one sooner.
The purpose of a child’s review is to monitor the implementation of the child’s care plan and to decide if the plan for the child is still the best one possible.
Reviews are usually though not always, held in the foster home.
Foster carers and supervising social workers must attend and contribute to the reviews of children for whom they are responsible.
Foster carers are sometimes given a Consultation Document to complete in writing before the review.
Foster carers should consider in supervision what they want to say at any forthcoming review and help the supervising social worker complete a placement summary report. This is an opportunity to think carefully about any issues of delegated authority that might need to be discussed at the review.
Children’s parents are invited to their child’s review unless a decision has been made by the local authority that they should not be invited.
Foster carers should inform their supervising social worker if they have any concerns about the parents’ attendance in the foster home so that another venue can be arranged if appropriate.
Children who can understand the meeting are invited to all or part of the review.
They too are sometimes a consultation document to complete in advance.
Foster carers should ensure that someone, either the child’s social worker, their supervising social worker or one of the foster carers makes sure that the child understands what will be discussed at their review and encourages them to think about what they want to say.
If it is anticipated that the child may find it difficult to say the things they want to say foster carers can get the child’s agreement in advance to saying things on their behalf.
Last Update: January 6, 2019