SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
This chapter outlines the purpose and role of meetings that should be held when a Placement for a child unexpectedly terminates. The disruption meeting seeks to 'learn lessons' where this is necessary and to improve planning for a particular child.
AMENDMENTThis chapter was reviewed and amended in January 2019. Highlighting further the rationale of Disruption Meetings (see Section 2, Purpose of the Disruption Meeting) and acknowledges those who might need to attend (see Section 3, Chairing and Convening the Disruption Meeting).
A Disruption Meeting will be held in the following circumstances:
The Disruption Meeting should take place within two months of the disruption.If a disruption occurs because of a specific event, for example the illness of the foster carer, and it is considered that there would be limited value in holding a Disruption Meeting, the allocated social worker and residential link worker/family placement social worker should prepare a report on the reasons for the placement ending and submit this to the delegated Head of Service for a decision as to whether a Disruption Meeting should be held or not.
The purpose of the meeting is to examine various elements of the placement in order to bring some logic in the sequence of events leading to the disruption.
When disruption occurs, no one person should blame themselves but equally everyone involved should accept their share of collective responsibility for what has happened.
The meeting will ensure the child, (depending on his or her age and level of understanding), is given the opportunity to understand the reasons for the disruption, and be supported with transition - including return home and independence.
Foster carers should be supported to maintain links with children who leave their care where this is considered appropriate.
The Disruption Meeting is not a planning meeting, but is an opportunity to review the past as a preparation for the child's future.
The child's social worker will inform the child's Independent Reviewing Officer of the need for a meeting, to discuss who should be present and make arrangements about the time and venue. Attendance can comprise of:
It may also be appropriate to invite a therapist, but not teachers or other professionals. It will rarely be appropriate to include the child or members of the birth family. The allocated social worker will always ensure that the child's views and feelings are given to the meeting in the most appropriate way.
Prior to the meeting, the allocated social worker will arrange for the Independent Chair to have copies of:
The meeting should follow a set agenda as follows:
The minutes of the meeting will be prepared within ten working days of the meeting and copies will be sent to all participants.
The minutes will be written using the same headings as the agenda and should include key information to inform future planning for the child.The Independent Chair will also produce a report of the Disruption Meeting which will be distributed to all participants.
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