How should sibling contact arrangements be reviewed when a child is in care under a voluntary arrangement?
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The arrangements for sibling contact should also be regularly reviewed. Government statutory guidance says the independent reviewing officer (IRO) should make sure review meetings consider contact between siblings. The guidance is called the Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations volume 2: care planning, placement and case review. Siblings who are looked after in the care system should share the same IRO (see paragraph 2.89).
Reviewing the sibling contact arrangements involves looking at whether sibling contact is taking place in line with the care plan (see paragraph 2.89). The IRO should make sure the child is happy with the contact they are having (see paragraph 2.85).