To provide information about procedures and documentation required when a child enters and leaves the care of a residential group home.
Whenever possible, the child’s case manager and manager should have a placement planning meeting before the child is placed.
Whenever possible, the manager should allocate a key worker before the child is placed.
Residential care workers should read the documentation about the child’s behaviours and care history provided from the district office when available. This should include the child’s care plan, and Child Information Form (placement referral).
Whenever possible the child and his or her case manager should plan a visit to the home before placement. At this visit:
When a child first arrives at the home, the residential care worker greeting the child should:
A planning meeting to map out the child’s needs and processes must be undertaken before the child transitions to the next placement. The district, and the child’s case manager are responsible for planning for leaving the placement in the home, but residential care workers must work/assist in the process.
For more information refer to Casework Practice Manual entry Leaving the CEO’s care.
In an emergency out of hours placement via Crisis Care can be arranged as an overnight stay. The placement ends at 9am the next business day, and the child must return to the district office. It is the district’s responsibility to request a placement via the Central Referral Team.