What should happen after a child in need assessment?
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By the end of an assessment, the social worker should have a clear picture of the child’s situation. They will have decided whether the child is a child in need.
The social worker should let the parent or carer and child know what will happen next. If the child would benefit from extra help a child in need meeting should be arranged by the social worker.
The meeting is where those working with the family discuss with parents and carers what help is needed. If the child agrees and is old enough, they may be at the meeting. A child in need plan will usually be made at this meeting.
The aim of a child in need plan is to provide support so the child to continue to live safely within their family. Parents and carers should be asked what they think would help them and their child, and if they agree to what is put in this plan. It is good social work practice for the plan to be provided in writing and signed by both the family and the social worker if it is agreed, even if this is by email.
See our Child in need plans and extra support section for helpful information and advice about child in need plans.