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Assessment of Kinship Carers
- Children and Young Persons (Alderney) Law 2008
- Placement of Children ( Guernsey and Alderney) Regulation)
- Policy and Procedure Guide for Kinship/Family and Friends Carers including financial support [c1]
- Practice is based on and informed by best practice guidance from the United Kingdom jurisdictions including
- Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011
- Fostering Services: National Minimum Standards 2011
- Family and Friends Care: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities.
- The Department has a policy on seeking to place looked after children with family or friends i.e. "connected persons", wherever possible when they cannot be cared for by their parents or those with PR. These connected persons must be approved as Kinship Carers.
- If an urgent placement is needed and there is confidence that the child's welfare and safety will be promoted by being placed with them, a family member or friend may be approved on a temporary basis as a Kinship Carer.
- Temporary approval lasts for 16 weeks but can be extended by 8 weeks to allow full Kinship assessment to be completed or while a review takes place if the carer wishes to appeal a decision not to approve them.
- Decision making about placing a looked after child with a family member or a friend is led by the Manager, Assessment and Intervention Team in the case of emergency placements. Where a child may already be looked after and there is a plan for permanence a Viability Meeting will be held by the Manager, AIT and the family will be asked to nominate who they wish to be considered to provide permanence. The Child's Social Worker will undertake a Viability Assessment of the nominated person/s using the Guernsey Viability Assessment Template. Statutory checks are undertaken as part of this assessment.
- Where it is intended to place a looked after child with a family member or a friend on a temporary basis as a planned process or long term the prospective carers should be assessed as Kinship Carers using the Viability Assessment and, if this is positive and there is a decision to proceed, the BAAF Form C
- Assessment of Kinship Carers regarding their suitability to care for other children is not necessary. The focus should be on how the carer will meet the specific needs of the child/ren identified. The assessment is therefore also a matching process.
- The Assessment and Intervention Team Social Worker interviews the carer/s, inspecting the accommodation and obtaining information about other people in the household, completing the viability assessment template and satisfactory statutory checks and references. Departmental checks should be undertaken, and checks with police, health and education. A child should not be placed until a local police check has been initiated. The Manager Assessment and Intervention Team will decide whether or not to agree temporary approval for 16 weeks while the full assessment is completed. A referral will be made to the Family Placement Service who will undertake further checks and initiate assessment using BAAF Form C
- A Kinship Agreement should be entered into and signed by the applicants.
- When it is possible to foresee that a child who needs to be/is looked after will be best placed with relatives or friends then normal fostering procedures concerning assessment & approval should be applied promptly in order to avoid placements taking place which are subsequently found to be unsuitable.
- A temporary approval may continue for up to 16 weeks while a Kinship Assessment takes place. An extension of 8 weeks may be requested through Fostering Panel to complete assessment or if the carer appeals against a decision not to approve temporary approval may continue while the appeal takes place.
With regard to a planned fostering placement with a Kinship Carer
Manager, Assessment and Intervention Team to agree to place child with connected person
Application form to be completed giving consent to checks
Complete Guernsey Viability Assessment Template
Child Social Worker(CSW)
Manager, Assessment and Intervention Team
Guernsey Viability Assessment Template
In the case of placement with family or friends in an emergency (Temporary approval) the Child's Social Worker to obtain permission form the Manager Assessment and Intervention Team following initial assessment, undertake essential statutory checks.
Guernsey Viability Assessment Template
Immediately placement is identified
For emergency placement complete relevant LAC paperwork according to policy on Making Placements
Reception into Care and Essential Information Form
Before placement begins
Hold Placement Planning Meeting and complete BAAF Placement Plan for Foster Placements if it has not been possible to complete before placement begins.
Family Placement Service Duty Supervising Social Worker (SSW)
Within 5 days of placement
Undertake viability assessment checks. Full Guernsey Viability Assessment to be completed.
Guernsey Viability assessment template
Before placement begins for planned placements, or within 10 days of placement
Manager of Child Social Worker decision as to whether to proceed to full assessment. Refer to Family Placement Service
Referral to FPS Manager
Immediately on signing off of positive viability assessment
Visit fortnightly and see child and carer.
Every 14 days
Send Kinship Application Form to Applicant/s and initiate BAAF medicals and other checks and set up file
Family Placement Service PA
On receipt of viability assessment
Commence BAAF Form C assessment.
Within a week of referral
Complete BAAF Form C
SSW in consultation with CSW
BAAF Form C,
Within 16 weeks or seek extension from the Service Manager
Present to Panel for a recommendation for approval Fostering Panel for short term approval, Adoption and Permanence Panel for long term approval. Follow Panel procedure
BAAF From C Assessment
Within 16 weeks or at the conclusion of assessment if an extension has been granted.
Agency Decision Maker to make decision
Agency Decision Maker
Within 10 working days of Panel
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