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1.1.7 Case Summary Guidance

This chapter was added to the manual in May 2016.


Contents

  1. Purpose of a Case Summary
  2. When should Case Summaries be Updated?
  3. What should be included in a Case Summary?


1. Purpose of a Case Summary

A case summary should provide the reader of the case record with a short overview about the child, the child’s background and Plan and Contingency Plan.

The case summary is especially useful for staff working out of hours on an emergency basis, (see Emergency Duty Team Practice Guidance) and in the event you may be off work i.e. annual leave.


2. When should Case Summaries be Updated?

Case Summaries should be updated every 3 months - usually December, March, July and September or if there is a significant event i.e. change of plan/placement.


3. What should be included in a Case Summary?

  • Pen Picture of the child;
  • Child’s status, who they reside with?
  • Reason for involvement;
  • Child’s Plan;
  • Contingency Plan;
  • Contact arrangement – who the child has contact?

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