All child protection cases must be allocated to a named social worker and this should be awarded the highest priority in all local authorities.
Directors of Children's Services are professionally accountable for ensuring that there are sufficient human resources to provide the required services and for alerting the LSCB and elected Members to any systemic inability to allocate child protection cases.
Any period without a named social worker arising from staff vacancies or sick leave must be kept to a minimum and monitored for purposes of local management and formal returns to the Department for Education.
2. Safeguards Pending Allocation
All professionals relevant to the 'outline' or 'agreed' Child Protection Plan as well as family members, must be informed in writing by a team/group manager if there is no allocated social worker and advised of routine and emergency professional contact arrangements, pending allocation.
Resolving any immediate issues which arise in the case;
Ensuring that her/his manager remains aware that a child protection case is unallocated;
Ensuring that the family are kept updated;
Ensuring that regular 'duty' visits are undertaken on unallocated child protection cases.
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