Stage 2 updates (1 May 2005)

Stage 2 of the practice manual covers case management and case planning requirements and information sharing. This information is set out as follows:

Chapter 3: Case management

  • This chapter provides an overview of case management, outlines the roles and responsibilities in case planning and case work and outlines departmental requirements for the assessment, case planning, case plan implementation and review of cases for children subject to ongoing departmental intervention. It also includes resources to support family group meetings, including:
    • Referral to a convenor for a family group meeting;
    • Child strengths and needs domains;
    • Parental strengths and needs domains;
    • Letter of invitation to a family group meeting; and
    • Case note headings for the assessment stage.

Information sharing

  • An 'Information Sharing' resource that explains new legislation relating to information-sharing between agencies.

Practice papers

It also contains two new practice papers:

  • Family group meetings; and
  • Permanency planning.

Stage 2 of the practice manual supports the legislative amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999 that commence on 30 April 2006. The case management is set out under four stages of ongoing intervention:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Implement
  • Review

Stage 2 includes the following key practice changes:

  1. The introduction of case planning for all children subject to child protection orders or intensive family support.
  2. The requirement to hold a family group meeting that bring together the child, the child's parents, extended family and relevant service providers, to develop a case plan for a child.
  3. The requirement that family group meetings must be convened by officers delegated to act as Convenors under the Child Protection Act 1999. The role of the convenor includes consulting with, and briefing participants before the meeting, to enable their informed participation.
  4. The requirement to review all case plans developed for children.
  5. The requirement to address a child's need for permanency and stability in the planning and review cycle and give priority to the child's needs for long-term stable care and continuity of relationships.
  6. The capacity for Queensland agencies providing services to children to share information that will assist in the provision of appropriate and directed services.