Case plan (Out-of-Home Care)
Glossary Item Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Glossary Item|
|Synonymous names:||Case and care plan|
A case plan is an individualised, dynamic written plan or a support agreement that includes information on the circumstances explaining why the child is considered to be in need of protection, the goal of ongoing intervention and outcomes and actions required to achieve the goals. A case
Case plans may also be referred to as case management plans or care plans. Provisional care plans are not included in the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set.
The proportion of children and young people who have a current documented case plan is a measure under the National Standards for Out-of-Home Care. These standards state:
'The care planning process is to be focused on the wellbeing of the individual living in out-of-home care. The care plan is to include the views of the child and young person where appropriate and developed in partnership with carers, families and signiﬁcant others. Where applicable, this approach will include cultural plans.' (FaHCSIA 2011).
Collection and usage attributes
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A current case plan is one that has been approved and/or reviewed within the previous 12 months. Individual jurisdictions’ timeframes for ongoing review may vary and reviews may be more frequent when:
Reviews may also be required when circumstances have changed (e.g. death of a parent/carer, placement change) and significant new decisions are needed.
Reviews of case plans include assessing to what extent strategies have been implemented and any change in circumstances concerning the child’s needs (including the most appropriate living arrangement), development and safety. If a child has more than one review during the year, the relevant date is that of the most recent review during that year.
Source and reference attributes
Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2012-13. AIHW: Canberra.
FaHCSIA (Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) 2011. An outline of national standards for out-of-home care: A priority project under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. FaHCSIA: Canberra.
|Metadata items which use this glossary item:|
Case plan required indicator
Case, cultural support and leaving care plan cluster
Child protection client plan code N[N]
Child—case plan required indicator
Child—case plan required indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N
Child—current case plan indicator
Child—current case plan indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N
Current case plan indicator