To inform child protection workers about case management requirements for children who are in the CEO's care and living with their parents.
Note: CEO refers to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities (Communities).
There are circumstances where a child in the CEO’s care may be living with their parents. This can include:
A child in the CEO’s care living with his or her parents is in a care arrangement under s.79(2) of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 (the Act). As such, the child must have a care plan and all care planning processes must be undertaken – for example, Quarterly Care Reports, annual Documented Education Plan (if attending school) and health care planning assessments.
Ongoing case planning must also occur with the child (age permitting), the parents and other relevant parties. The case plan must be documented in the relevant section of Form 515 - Signs of Safety Assessment and Case Planning Form for Children in Care (accessible from related resources in Chapter 3.4: Permanency planning) and case planning meetings must be used to clearly articulate the purpose, intent and direction of our involvement, the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved, and identification of the family and our safety goals to keep the child safe in the care arrangement.
Planning should be guided by the reason the child is living with his or her parents. For example, if the arrangement is a step toward the goal of reunification, the principles of reunification should guide planning.
Refer to the following entries:
If a child in the CEO’s care is living with his or her parents and there is a safety and wellbeing concern for the child, the child protection worker must consult with the Duty of Care Unit and undertake a safety and wellbeing assessment. A ‘Safety and Wellbeing Concern in Care’ notification must be completed in Assist. Child protection workers must refer to Chapter 2.1: Safety and Wellbeing Assessment – safety and wellbeing concerns regarding children in the care of the CEO.
A child in the CEO’s care who is living with his or her parents is not considered to be in a foster care or respite care arrangement. Therefore, the child will not receive pocket money and the parents are not eligible to receive a subsidy (as they are not foster carers). However, the child may be eligible for case support costs on an 'as needs' basis. Any significant ongoing costs should be recorded in the child's care plan with a clear decision determining who will be responsible for the expense.