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The Integrated Family Support Teams (Review of Cases) (Wales) Regulations 2010

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Citation, commencement, interpretation and application

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Integrated Family Support Teams (Review of Cases) (Wales) Regulations 2010 and they come into force on 1 September 2010.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

(3) In these Regulations—

  • “a family” (“teulu”) means a family which has been referred by a local authority to its IFS team and whose members have been notified that they will be supported by the team;

  • “IFS team” (“tîm integredig cymorth i deuluoedd”) means an integrated family support team established by a local authority with the participation of a local health board in accordance with s.57 of the 2010 Measure;

  • “the Review Regulations” (“y rheoliadau Adolygu”) means the Review of Children’s Cases (Wales) Regulations 2007(1);

  • “the 2010 Measure” (“Mesur 2010”) means the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010.

Duty to review cases

2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a local authority must review the case of each family in accordance with these Regulations, for as long as the family is being supported by its IFS team.

(2) Where an IFS team is established jointly by more than one local authority, then the duty in paragraph (1) applies to the local authority in whose area the child lives and any temporary arrangements for the child to live away are to be disregarded for this purpose.

(3) The duty in paragraph (1) of this regulation does not apply in relation to the case of a family where one or more of the children in the family is being looked after or is being provided with accommodation by the local authority and that child’s case is (or those children’s cases are) subject to review under the Review of Regulations.

Time when each case is to be reviewed

3.—(1) Each case must first be reviewed within four weeks of the date on which the family are notified that their case will be supported by the IFS team.

(2) The second review must be carried out no more than three months after the first and thereafter subsequent reviews must be carried out no more than six months after the date of the previous review.

(3) Nothing in this regulation prevents a local authority from reviewing the case before the time specified in paragraph (1) or (2).

Manner in which cases are to be reviewed

4.—(1) A local authority must set out in writing how the case of each family is to be reviewed and must make this available to the persons specified in regulation 6(1).

(2) A local authority whose IFS team is supporting a family must make arrangements to co-ordinate the carrying out of all aspects of the review.

(3) The local authority must appoint one of its officers to coordinate all the aspects of the review.

(4) The matters to be dealt with in each review must, so far as practicable, include the elements specified in Schedule 1.

(5) Nothing in these Regulations prevents the carrying out of any review under these Regulations and any other review, assessment or consideration under any other provision at the same time.

Considerations to which local authorities are to have regard

5.  The considerations to which, so far as is reasonably practicable, a local authority are to have regard in reviewing each case are the general considerations specified in Schedule 2.

Consultation, participation and notification

6.—(1) Before conducting any review a local authority must, unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so, seek and take into account the views of—

(a)the children of the family;

(b)the parents;

(c)any person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibility for him or her;

(d)members of the IFS team; and

(e)any other person whose views the authority consider to be relevant;

in particular in relation to the matters which are to be dealt with in the course of the review.

(2) A local authority must so far as is reasonably practicable involve the persons whose views are sought under paragraph (1) in the review and, where the authority consider appropriate, invite them to attend all or part of it.

(3) A local authority must, so far as is reasonably practicable, make known the outcome of the review and of any decision taken by it in consequence of the review to—

(a)the children of the family;

(b)the parents;

(c)any person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibility for him or her;

(d)the IFS team; and

(e)any other person whom the authority considers ought to be notified.

Arrangements for implementation of decisions arising from reviews

7.  A local authority must take all reasonable steps to implement any decision which it takes in consequence of a review, whether by making arrangements itself or by making arrangements with a local health board or with any other person.

Recording review information

8.  A local authority must make a written record of–

(a)information obtained for the purposes of a review;

(b)any meeting arranged by the authority in anticipation or in consequence of any aspect of the review of that case; and

(c)details of the outcome of the review and any decisions made by the authority in consequence of the review.

Amendments to the Review of Children’s Cases (Wales) Regulations 2007

9.—(1) In paragraph (2) of regulation 1 of the Review regulations (Title, commencement, interpretation and application) insert the following definition—

  • “IFS team” (“tîm integredig cymorth i deuluoedd”) means an integrated family support team established by a local authority with the participation of a local health board in accordance with section 57 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010;”.

(2) In regulation 4 of the Review Regulations (Time when each case is to be reviewed), in paragraph (3) delete the words “the independent reviewing officer so directs” and insert the following subparagraphs–

(a)the independent reviewing officer so directs, or,

(b)the child is included within a family whose case has been referred to an IFS team and the family has been notified their case will be supported by the team.

(3) (a) After regulation 6 of the Review regulations, insert the following regulation—

Additional considerations to which responsible authorities are to have regard where IFS team involved

6A.  The additional considerations to which responsible authorities are to have regard in reviewing the case of a child who is part of a family which is being supported by an IFS team are the considerations specified in Schedule 4.

(b)Schedule 3 (which inserts a new Schedule 4 into the Review regulations) shall have effect.

(4) In regulation 8 of the Review regulations (Consultation, notification and participation), in paragraph (1), at the end of subparagraph (d) delete the word “and” and add the following subparagraph—

(dd)in the case of a child whose family is being supported by an IFS team, a member of that team; and.

(5) In regulation 8 of the Review regulations, in paragraph (3), at the end of subparagraph (d), delete the word “and” and add the following subparagraph —

(dd)in the case of a child whose family is being supported by an IFS team, a member of that team; and.

Gwenda Thomas

Deputy Minister for Social Services under authority of the Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

24 June 2010

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