Key steps

1. Assess and prepare to develop a case plan

1.1 Gather information about the child and family
1.2 Assess the child's strengths and needs
1.3 Assess the parental strengths and needs
1.4 Determine the intervention required to keep the child safe
1.5 Explore service options

2. Plan for a family group meeting

2.1 Initiate a family group meeting
2.2 Provide information to the convenor
2.3 Prepare for a family group meeting

3. Develop the case plan

3.1 Convene a family group meeting
3.2 Develop key items in the case plan
3.3 Develop a case plan - application for long-term guardianship to a suitable person
3.4 Develop a case plan - application for a permanent care order
3.5 Record, endorse and distribute the case plan

 4. Implement the case plan

4.1 Actively implement the case plan
4.2 Provide for family contact
4.3 Visit the child, parent and carer during ongoing intervention
4.4 Regularly assess the progress of the case plan

5. Review and revise the case plan

5.1 Complete the review and revision process
5.2 Re-assess the level of family risk for 'in home' cases
5.3 Assess whether reunification can occur
5.4 Refer the case to a practice panel
5.5 Complete the review report
5.6 Re-assess the child's strengths and needs
5.7 Re-assess the parental stengths and needs
5.8 Develop and endorse the revised case plan
5.9 Long-term guardianship to a suitable person - case plan review
5.10 Permanent care order - case plan review

What ifs - responding to specific case planning matters

1. What if an initial case plan is developed without a family group meeting?
2. What if parents are unwilling to engage in case planning?
3. What if people are excluded from attending and participating in a family group meeting?
4. What if the case plan cannot be endorsed?
5. What if an application for a child protection order is filed with the Childrens Court without a case plan?
6. What if a reunification assessment is required when parents live in another jurisdiction?
7. What if there is a change in the individuals residing in the family home?
8. What if there are criminal matters to consider during reunification?