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Family Group Meetings meeting



Family Group Meetings can serve a couple of different purposes.

These include:

• To make or review a case plan.
• To make recommendations about or deal with a matter concerning the child’s care, protection and

idea bulbNOTE: It is important that you find out from Child Safety what the meeting is going to be about. Knowing what the meeting is about enables you to prepare for the meeting in advance.


Case Planning Meetings


meetingA family group meeting to make a case plan must be held before a

Child Protection Order can be made.

The purpose is to develop a written plan which meets the child’s protection and care needs according to the input received from parent/s and the child’s family.

This is required to be updated at regular intervals.

idea bulbREMEMBER

1. EVERYTHING that is said in these meetings is NOT confidential. What you say can be used against you in Court.evidence

2. You and the child’s family must be told about the meeting and given enough time to prepare for the meeting before it is and diary

question3. If you do not understand something, ASK.


Who can attend the Case Planning Meeting?

The person who convenes the meeting (likely to be a Child Safety convenor or Team Leader) determines
who is to be present – anyone who might make a useful contribution or wishes to be involved with the
child such as parents, the child, members of family, legal representative of the child, recognised
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entities, support people for parent or child (youth worker, elders etc).

idea bulbNOTE: Family group includes members of the extended family, clan, tribe or similar group, and anyone else recognised as belonging to the child’s family.


What Child Safety Must Do Before the Meeting cso

• Inform invitees that it will be a Case Planning Meeting.
• Tell the attendees that the child is a child in need of protection.
• Outline the assessed risks and assessed needs.
• Provide details of the proposed meeting including day, time, and venue.
• Provide opportunities for attendees to identify issues.
• Get the views of people who cannot attend the meeting.


A Written Plan Comes From the Meeting

A written plan comes from the meeting and may include: document

• A goal or goals to be achieved.
• Living arrangements.
• Services to be provided.
• Matters Child Safety will be responsible for.
• Matters for which a parent or carer will be responsible.
• Contact with parents / child’s family group.
• Arrangements for maintaining ethnic and cultural identity.
• A proposed date to review the plan.

questionCan a case plan be changed?

YES but only within 7 days of it being developed.

A case plan will only be amended if it is in the child’s best interests and
the current plan is clearly impracticable.

Written notice of the change/s
must be given to all of the people who attended the meeting.


questionWhat Happens Next?

• Copies of the plan must be given to the child, parents and anyone else affected by the plan (s51T)

• Child Safety must support the plan by providing or arranging a service to assist the goals of the plan

questionHow often should it be reviewed?

The plan must be reviewed at least every 6 months (s51V). From this review a report and a revised case plan must be completed.

Things to consider are:

• When developing a case plan towards reunification, there should be back up plans and processes to follow if reunification is unsuccessful.children and blocks

stop signNOTE: If you receive a case plan after the meeting and you do not believe it is correct, or that it does not reflect what was agreed to, then it is vital to write a letter to Child Safety, stating what you think was agreed to or said.

stop signWriting this letter is a must! If you do not do this, then it is assumed that the plan is correct and it will be presented to the court.

If you respond to the case plan in writing, then it can be referred to in later conversations, your court documents and any further complaints.



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