Summarising needs against the Wellbeing indicators
When the child or young person’s needs are clear they can be summarised using the Wellbeing Indicators to develop a plan for action. Wellbeing indicators can be used to identify priorities, describe what needs to change to improve the child or young person’s wellbeing and identify the expected outcomes.
Planning, taking action, and reviewing
In the Getting it right for every child approach, any child or young person who requires additional help should have a plan to address their needs and improve their wellbeing. This will be a single child's plan, but may involve more than one agency.
Getting it right for every child promotes an integrated and co-ordinated approach to multi-agency planning. It looks to practitioners to work in accordance with legislation and guidance but also expects agencies to think beyond their immediate remit, drawing on the skills and knowledge of others as necessary and thinking in a broad, holistic way. For example, a care plan for a child looked after by the local authority, a health care plan, or an individualised education plan should be incorporated within the single child’s plan where the child or young person’s circumstances require this.
Every plan should include and record:
- reasons for the plan
- partners to the plan
- the views of the child or young person and their parents or carers
- a summary of the child or young person’s needs
- what is to be done to improve a child or young person’s circumstances
- details of action to be taken
- resources to be provided
- timescales for action and for change
- contingency plans
- arrangements for reviewing the plan
- Lead Professional arrangements where they are appropriate
- details of any compulsory measures if required.
It is important to look at whether the actions taken have achieved the outcomes specified in the plan and what changes or further action, if any, are required.
In reviewing the outcome of the plan with the child or young person and family, practitioners will need to ask these five questions:
- What has improved in the child or young person’s circumstances?
- What, if anything, has got worse?
- Have the outcomes in the plan been achieved?
- If not, is there anything in the plan that needs to be changed?
- Can we continue to manage the plan within the current environment?