Care Plan is the plan for children looked after. It sets
out clearly the objectives for the care of the child or
young person, and the steps by which the objectives will
Wherever possible, the Care Plan should be completed before
a child or young person is looked after. If this is not
possible, the Care Plan should be completed as soon as possible
after the child is placed. The Care Plan for a child or
young person can only be changed following a statutory child
Using the Care Plan
Care and accommodation should never be viewed as the plan
for a child or young person, but should be considered as
a means of achieving a wider overall plan. The Care Plan
should not only identify the purpose that the period of
care or accommodation will play in the overall plan but
establish SMART objectives for the placement.
SMART objectives are:
Specific and clear
Related to the overall assessment
and plan for the child or young person.
Time - related
If the objectives are not SMART then it will be difficult
to establish whether the placement is achieving the objectives
set out in the plan.
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