Hull City Council works with children, young people and families to help maintain a child living at home or with a family member wherever possible.
We will work with children, young people and families to maintain a child living at home or with a family member wherever possible as we believe it is best that a child or young person is best placed within their family network through to adulthood.
- high quality assessments must be made to decide whether children and young people will become looked after by Hull City Council.
- if a child does come into the local authorities care we will try and keep them as close to Hull as possible
- we will listen to the child, young person and their parents and other key people to ensure we best meet the child or young person’s needs now and for the future
- we will ensure contact arrangements are made so family members and the child can still see one another where it is in the best interest of the child and young person
- we will ensure a care plan is in place that describes how the child and young person’s needs will be met now and into adulthood and how often the plan is reviewed
- we will ensure the child or young person will be visited by their allocated social worker in the first week of coming into care and then at monthly intervals as a minimum
- the social worker may have telephone contact, messaging or facetime with the child or young person more frequently
A Looked after Child review will be held within the first month of the care episode starting, and this meeting will be chaired by an Independent Reviewing Officer to consider the plan for the child or young person. The child or young person will attend and so will the parents and any other significant person.
Reasons that a child or young person may be looked after
It is agreed following assessment that it is in the best interest for the child to be looked after by the local authority. This might be in agreement with the parents. This is then a section 20 agreement of the Children Act 1989 and is when a parent can change their mind and take their child back out of care following a conversation with the Local Authority.
A child or young person may become looked after by the local authority because significant safeguarding issues have been identified and that it is deemed unsafe for the child or young person to remain at home or within their family. The parents may disagree and matters maybe so concerning the local authority has placed the matter before the courts for a court order to be granted (Section 31 Children Act 1989 ) which then give the local authority shared parental responsibility. In this instance parents will have been advised to seek legal representation. This will be provided via Legal Aid.