chapter  8
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Planning for children

ByMary Ryan

This chapter looks at the duties and responsibilities of local authorities towards children they are looking after, and towards the families of those children. The Arrangements for Placement of Children Regulations 1991 now require agencies to make both immediate and long-term plans for looked-after children or children placed with them. The plan for the child must be recorded in writing and copies sent to all those involved in the planning process – children. Enabling children to be involved properly in discussions and decisions means making sure that they have information and explanations so that they are able to reach an informed view. Family members need adequate information too, if they are to be fully involved in planning and decision making. Guidance recommends that children and their families be given an information pack when a child first starts to be looked after.