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3.14.8 Relevant and Former Relevant Review Policy

This chapter was added to the manual in April 2015.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definition of Relevant and Former Relevant Young People
  3. Statement of Common Objectives and Outcomes
  4. Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process

    Appendix 1: The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process and Timescales


1. Introduction

This policy aims to outline how the Next Step Leaving Care Service reviews the care and pathway planning provided to young people who are aged 16 - 25 and deemed to be 'relevant and former relevant' young people as defined in the Leaving Care Act 2000.


2. Definition of Relevant and Former Relevant Young People

Relevant children

Defined in section 23A(2) of the 1989 Act as a child who is:

  1. Not looked after;
  2. Aged 16 or 17; and
  3. Was, before he last ceased to be looked after, an eligible child.

Former Relevant Child

Defined in section 23C(1) of the 1989 Act as a young person who is:

  1. Aged 18 or above, and either;
    • Has been a relevant child and would be one if he were under 18; or
    • Immediately before he ceased to be looked after at age 18, was an eligible child.


3. Statement of Common Objectives and Outcomes

It is important to ensure all care leavers are receiving the appropriate support. This support can be identified within their pathway plan. The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer will chair a Relevant and Former Relevant Review and have access to the pathway plan. An opportunity will be given to the young person to chair their own review.

Young people will be encouraged to attend their Relevant and Former Relevant Review, with their allocated Next Step worker and significant others. The discussion will focus upon service delivery and how the young person’s needs are being met, e.g. their welfare and progress.

This includes establishing that the young person has settled into their accommodation and accessing the community/specific support available.

We will endeavour to organise a review to take place within 28 days of any relevant young person placement move.

As such the joint outcomes being worked towards will be:

  • To ensure a safe transition between the transfer of the 'pathway plan' from the Independent Review Officer to the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer;
  • That as many Care Leavers as possible are settled, safe and accessing local amenities and community resources;
  • The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer to ensure allocated workers are maintaining contact with care leavers and make appropriate representations at the Relevant and Former Relevant Review;
  • To explore activities and possible opportunities in education, employment and training;
  • The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer to identify any concerns with practice/unmet need and raise this at a management level.


4. Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process

(See Appendix 1: The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process and Timescales)

It is encouraged that all relevant and former relevant young people will be engaged in discussion about how their pathway plan will be reviewed. The young person will also be approached by their worker about those to be invited to the review; in general these wishes will be respected. However, where professionals are not invited to a review and are making an important contribution to the pathway plan, they would still be consulted.


Appendix 1: The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process and Timescales

  • The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer to attend the young person’s final Statutory Looked After Review. A future date will be identified at the end of the meeting, in consultation with the young person and their Pathway Advisor for the Relevant and Former Relevant Review within 6 months;
  • Prior to the review the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer and Pathway Advisor/Aftercare Worker will meet to discuss the current situation and identify any significant concerns/issues;
  • Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer will be informed by the Next Step administration worker if a relevant young person moves accommodation and a meeting held (28 days) to ensure the appropriate support is in place, suitability of accommodation and review the pathway plan;
  • Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer will review the Pathway Plan;
  • Relevant and Former Relevant Review will take place and chaired by the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer or young person;
  • At the end of the review meeting the feedback form is provided to the young person to complete and indicate if they would like a copy of their review summary, the completed feedback form is then signed by the young person and their Pathway Advisor/Aftercare worker and returned to the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer;
  • The review feedback form provides the opportunity for the young person to comment and feedback on the review process and service delivery;
  • Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer completes the report and forwards a copy to the allocated Next Step worker to identify any amendments prior to uploading the document onto the Carefirst (Computer recording system);
  • Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer will forward a copy of the review summary & recommendations to the relevant Next Step Practice Manager;
  • The Review recommendations will be discussed in the supervision between the Practice Manager and the allocated Next Step worker;
  • A completed review and feedback form will be placed into the Carefirst (Computer recording system);
  • The administration worker will identify young people who requested a copy of the review and this will be send to the young person by post;
  • The administration worker will amend the Carefirst activity which will generate a future date for the next review in line with the date recorded on the completed review document;
  • The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer to forward the outstanding reviews each month to the relevant Practice Manager who will discuss this with the young person’s allocated worker in preparation for supervision.

Timescales

  • All Relevant young people should be invited to a relevant review meeting to discuss their support and Pathway Plan as soon as practical after 28 days after any change in their accommodation and every six months thereafter until aged 18years;
  • Former Relevant reviews will also take place after 28 days of an accommodation move;
  • Other triggers include:
    • Remand in custody;
    • Detention centre;
    • Detained subject to the Mental Health Act 2005;
    • 28 days before release from custodial sentence;
    • Eviction – potential homelessness;
    • Child Protection concerns for a dependent child.
  • Former Relevant reviews will be held on an annual basis or upon request by the young person or professional.

Other comments:

  • All young people should be offered a final review prior to closure at 21yrs of age;
  • Consideration should be given to the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer conducting a review with the young person if the Pathway Advisor or Aftercare worker cannot attend, if the young person is agreeable rather than cancel or postpone the review;
  • The Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer will highlight recommendations of high importance using the star key, a record of these key recommendations will be retained by the Relevant and Former Relevant Review Officer and emailed to the Next Step Service Manager;
  • Pathway Advisor/Aftercare worker will identify those young people subject to ‘staying put’ arrangements and invite the Family Placement worker to attend the young person’s review if they are in agreement with this. If the Family placement worker is unable to attend the meeting he/she should be asked to complete the consultation document and return this prior to the meeting.

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