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3.14.4 Agreement for the Development of Pathway Planning for Eligible and Relevant Young People Receiving a Service from the Salford Families Project


  1. The Current Position
  2. Criteria Definition
  3. Protocol Proposal

1. The Current Position

  1. Staff require clarity and direction in their roles and responsibility in the development of the pathway plan.
  2. The Leaving care legislation clearly identifies the pathway plan requirement.
  3. The Caerphilly case and subsequent Munby Judgment has raised questions about pathway plan consistency and quality.
  4. Agreed need to build upon an introduction of case monitoring and pathway planning.
  5. Staff unclear how to judge if the pathway plans are comprehensive enough and represent a 'good' pathway plan.

2. Criteria Definition

A pathway plan should be completed for each young person, defined as 'eligible' by the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 and for those young people who are 'relevant' who do not already have one.

A definition of 'eligible' and 'relevant' is described as:


An eligible child is one who is aged 16 or 17, has been looked after by the local authority for a period of 13 weeks since the age of 14 and remains looked after. The 13 weeks need not to have been continuous and could be made up of a series of shorter periods during which the child was looked after.

The statutory definition and requirements to undertake a needs assessment, prepare a Pathway Plan, keep the Pathway Plan under review and appoint a Personal Adviser are now covered by Regulations 42, 43 and 44 of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010.


A relevant child is one who is previously an eligible child but is no longer looked after and is under the age of 18 years.

The statutory definition and requirements to stay in touch with the young person, undertake a needs assessment (unless this was done when the young person was ‘Eligible’), prepare and keep the Pathway Plan under review, appoint a Personal Adviser (unless this was done when the young person was ‘Eligible’) and provide accommodation and assistance to meet his or her needs in relation to education, training or employment are now covered by Regulations 4 to 9 of the Care Leavers (England) Regulations 2010.

3. Protocol Proposal

  1. Case identified by Next Step team manager as a child looked after who will require a Pathway Plan before their 16+3 months birthday.
  2. Next Step team manager will request a written case summary from the Salford Families Worker, (signed by Salford Families Manager)
  3. Next Step team manager and Salford Families worker will organise a meeting for case discussion. Also invited will be the Pathway advisor and Salford Families team manager.
  4. During the meeting a date will be set between the workers to introduce to the family. Agreement will be reached between Next step and Salford families as to who is taking the lead on statutory requirements and day to day management of the case.
  5. The Next Step worker will complete the Pathway Plan with assistance from the Salford Families worker.
  6. Once the Pathway Plan is completed this will be sent to the Salford Families Social Worker (before signature) for perusal.
  7. If a further meeting is required this will be discussed and involve advice from both Next Step and Salford Families Team Managers.
  8. The Pathway Plan will require the young person, carers and significant others signature.
  9. Once completed a pathway plan copy will be kept on the Next Step blue file (also held electronically) and replace the young person's Care Plan and Assessment and Action Record.
  10. At statutory reviews the pathway plan is the document to be presented by the workers.
  11. The Pathway Plan is to be reviewed within a 6-month period and is ongoing, accounting for changes such a change of placement etc.

Each completed Pathway Plan remains on the blue file or scanned in as an individual record.

  1. At 16 the young person will be referred to the adult transition panel by the Salford Families project for assessment /allocation.
  2. For those meeting the adult service criteria, at 18 the Salford Families involvement will cease. Any files are to be brought to the final statutory review. This meeting is to be arranged by the Salford Families worker and include the Pathway Advisor and adult service representative.
  3. The electronic files are to be audited and authorized by a Salford Families Manager before closure.