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Participation in case planning
What is it?
A case plan for a child or young person in out-of-home care is not only important in terms of record keeping, but is a vital tool to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child's placement, development and future.
We place a great deal of importance on ensuring the actions and decisions recorded in the case plan are put into practice.
Case planning almost always requires a team effort including the child or young person in care, family, carers and other important people in their lives.
Whenever appropriate and possible, all interested or responsible parties are involved in the decision-making process.
What is a case plan?
A case plan is a record of the goal or objectives for DoCS' intervention in the lives of children, young people and their families or carers. The case plan records all the important decisions and tasks that are necessary to achieve the goal and objectivess agreed on by all parties.
Case planning involves regular assessment of the issues facing a child or young person, their family and foster carers.
Case plans make it clear to all parties why DoCS is involved, what issues need to be addressed, and what the individual responsibilities of all parties are.
What does participation mean?
Participation means that everyone gets to take part in discussions, express their views, and have their opinion considered in the case planning and decision-making process.
It also means that where DoCS makes decisions or takes action, the people whose lives are affected are given reasons for those decisions or actions, as well as the opportunity to respond.
Why is participation in case planning important?
A case plan is more effective if it has been developed with the participation of all parties.
Where effective and cooperative relationships are established with families during the case planning process, better outcomes are achieved for children and young people.
Who should participate in case planning?
Wherever possible, case plans are developed with the participation of the child or young person, their family and their carer, if they have one.
We recognise the need for specific strategies to ensure the participation of children and young people, women and men, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.