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Essential Information Record Part 2

The Essential Information Record Part 2 contains comprehensive information about a looked after child or young person. The Essential Information Part 2 gathers important details about the child or young person's background, including his or her medical and educational and placement history and legal status.

The Essential Information Record Part 2 should be completed before a child or young person becomes looked after in a planned placement, and as soon as possible after a child is placed in an unplanned way.

Using the Essential Information Record Part 2

The information to complete the Essential Information Record part 2 may come from several sources, the parents, child or young person, existing records and other agencies, such as health and education.

Where information is gathered from sources other than the family it is important that it is checked for accuracy with the parents or carers. Going through the child or young person's health or educational history can provide an opportunity to talk with the child or young person, or with parents or carers about their earlier experiences of the child and young person, both positive and negative.

The Essential Information Record Part 2 can provide a useful overview of the cumulative number of changes experienced by the child or young person, which may help practitioners to gain a better understanding of the child's current situation.

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