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Looked after children going abroad
Where a child is accommodated the consent of the parent is required before any trip can be agreed. If the child is on a community parenting order and the parent refuses permission, the director or deputy can give permission for the child to go on the trip provided it is considered to be in the child's best interests.
Any consent that is obtained should be in writing. Unless arranged by the school, trips abroad should not be taken during term time.
What information do I need to know?
Information required about the trip:
- accommodation and sleeping arrangements:
- travel arrangements:
- whether inoculations will be required:
- holiday insurance arrangements:
- proposed activities:
- person(s) travelling or staying with child:
- contact details and telephone numbers:
- the child's view:
- permission or view of parent or person with parental responsibility:
- likely cost and how the trip will be funded:
- overall risk assessment in relation to the holiday:
- You will also need to determine if the child has a passport. If not then an application needs to be made as soon as possible .
How do I get authorisation for the trip?
For the trip to go ahead, written authorisation is required from the Director or deputy. In order to get authorisation the social worker should provide the information listed in the above section.
If financial support is required then this should be requested at the same time.If parental consent has not been given then legal advice may need to be sought if the trip is considered to be in the child's best interests.
Authorisation, if given, will be provided in writing. Where the child is subject to an interim order the Court and all parties must be informed.
Where a trip impacts on contact arrangements Any contacts that are due to take place during the time of the trip should be rearranged to take place as soon as possible after the child returns.
The proposed trip is over 28 days in length If the child is subject to an interim or community parenting order then an application must be made to the court for permission for the child to go on the trip.
|Details of the proposed holiday are obtained||Social Worker||Travel Request Form||Where possible at least a month before holiday|
Travel Request Form is completed
|Social Worker||Travel Request Form||As soon as possible|
Travel Request Form is signed
|Director||Travel Request Form||Prior to holiday|
Letter is prepared for carers to take
|Social Worker Signed by Director||Computer||Prior to holiday|
All documentation is made available
|Social Worker Fostering Social Worker||Computer||Prior to holiday|
Notification if required to Court
|Social Worker Lawyer||Computer||As soon as it is known this is required|
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