Transfer to another local authority

When a family moves suddenly to another authority area.

If the family of a registered child moves suddenly without leaving any indication of their new address the social worker should immediately inform the team leader. The team leader should immediately advise the child protection review co-ordinator. If the child is the subject of a supervision requirement or current proceedings within the children’s hearing system, the team leader should immediately notify the authority reporter. The social worker should place an alert with the child protection register.

The team leader must immediately contact the keeper of the register in writing who will instigate the distribution of a circular to all local authorities within the UK.

If the child is believed to be in danger, the team leader must notify the police immediately.

The child protection review co-ordinator should convene a review child protection conference within five working days and ensure that all information is made available and that all efforts are being made to trace the family.

 

When a family plans to move or has moved to another authority area.

Whenever the family of a registered child plans to move or has moved to another authority area, the social worker should immediately inform the team leader. The team leader should inform the child protection review co-ordinator. If the child is the subject of a supervision requirement or current proceedings within the children’s hearing system, the team leader should immediately notify the authority reporter.

Whenever informed that the family of a registered child plans to move or has moved to another authority, the team leader should immediately contact the team leader in the receiving local authority to pass on essential information about the case and indicate resources/services that the family might require. Both team leaders should negotiate who will be responsible for continuing to supervise the case until the child protection conference and, if the family have already moved, who will undertake an immediate visit.

The child protection review co-ordinator of the originating team should immediately inform the equivalent manager of the receiving team in writing when the family of a registered child is planning to move or has moved to another authority area.

The team leader should confirm the original contact by letter, enclosing the initial report (CP1) and the most recent child protection review conference minute and updated child protection plan, plus any other documents which should be brought to the immediate attention of the receiving team at this stage. The information should be sent by secure email or recorded delivery. Even where the originating team is continuing to supervise the case, a copy of all relevant information must be forwarded.

If the social worker from the originating team is continuing to supervise the case until the child protection conference, he/she should obtain all relevant information about appropriate services within the new area. The family should be encouraged to register with a general practitioner.

Where there is dispute and agreement cannot be reached on which team should be responsible for supervising the case until the transfer child protection conference takes place, the team leader should refer the matter to their respective managers. In the meantime the team leader for the originating team should ensure that the case continues to be supervised by the originating social worker where possible. Where this is not possible the team leader should alert the child protection review co-ordinator who may advise the head of service.