Planning Process School / Placement Moves 1. When there are concerns about stability of any care/school placement, there must be a professionals planning meeting which at a minimum must include – virtual school team representative, IRO, SW and any other relevant professional. All should be informed of the outcome of the meeting through the minutes. 2. The meeting should consider: What support is required both in school and placement to ensure the placement doesn’t break down? Who is going to provide the support and by when? How will you know if it’s working and contingencies if not? 3. If placement/school is likely to break down, what alternative placements are available? Will this require a change of school? What does the placement need to offer to meet needs including education needs? Will they best be met by the child /young person staying in the same school with transport? What are the implications of moving school in terms of the curriculum offered? What are the social/emotional needs of the child / young person in school? Consideration of SEND and implications of any move, particularly to an out of county placement as other local authority offer different provision e.g. a child / young person in a mainstream school in Cumbria may only be offered a special school place in their local authority. 4. The social worker should attend the meeting having met with the young person, talked about the possible breakdown and the need for a professionals meeting so that they can share their wishes feelings and preferred options. The social worker should also see the views of the young person’s parent(s) if they are still part of the young person’s life. The social worker must discuss the potential move with the Virtual School so that the Virtual School representative can bring information about what schools may be available, their suitability and the curriculum available. 5. If the Young Person is at Key Stage 4 i.e. in Year 10-11 (aged14-16 years), a school move cannot take place without signed agreement from the Assistant Director Children and Families. Agreement is gained by completing the approval for a school move at KS4 form which is submitted to the Assistant Director. This form must be uploaded onto ICS along with the minutes of the professionals planning meeting.