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4.10 Children Moving between Authorities and Jurisdictions

AMENDMENT

Please note: in December 2012 changes were made to this procedure to include that a social worker must inform all necessary agencies when they have been notified that a child has moved between jurisdictions.


1.1 A significant number of children and young people move between areas and, in the case of the Isle of Man, between countries. This involves moves both to and from the Isle of Man. The circumstances that lead to a child and/or their family moving from one area to another vary. It may be planned or in response to a crisis. It may be temporary or permanent.
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If the move is to or from the British Isles, the Local Authority (or the Isle of Man Government) in which the child is living, whether temporarily or not, has responsibility to provide services. The exceptions to this are that:

1.3 The principles that apply in the UK must apply in all such cases here on the Isle of Man in that only when the second authority explicitly accepts responsibility is the first authority relieved of the responsibility to take emergency action. The acceptance should subsequently be confirmed in writing.
1.4 Children and young people may be at increased risk as a result of any move. They may not have access to universal services that seek to support and protect, such as health services via a GP, and education.
1.5 When a child or young person comes to the attention of Social Services and it is known that they have recently moved into the area, staff must obtain identifying information such as full names, dates of birth and previous address(es).
1.6 If any worker from any agency discovers that a child or young person who is subject of a Care Order or who is subject to a Child Protection Plan is planning to move, or has moved out of or into the area, then they must inform the child’s social worker as soon as possible. The social worker should then inform all the other key agencies. The family should be made aware of this. If it becomes known that children subject to a Care Order or Child Protection Plan in another jurisdiction have moved onto the island a Looked After Child Review or a Child Protection Conference should be held including professionals from the authority previously responsible for the child.
1.7 In regard to children or young people subject to Care Orders or who are accommodated, subject of Child Protection Plans, or receiving services as children in need and for whom a move is known, information should be passed to the Local Authority to which the child is moving to and all relevant agencies, prior to the move occurring. The family should be made aware of this. For children and young people subject of a Child Protection Plan, it should be the key worker who is informed. The key worker should then inform all the other key agencies.
1.8 Children and young people who are subject of a Child Protection Plan and who move should be recorded as being subject of a Child Protection Plan by the receiving Authority under a temporary category until a conference can be convened. An agreement should be reached between managers of both Authorities about the implementation of the Child Protection Plan.
1.9 For children and young people who are subject of a Child Protection Plan the key worker should attend and provide a report to the transfer conference in the Local Authority to which the child has moved. At the transfer conference, a decision may be reached for both Authorities to joint work for a time limited period.
1.10 Following the transfer conference, the conference chair should write to the originating Authority and formally notify them of the outcome. Only then can the child or young person be recorded as no longer the subject of a Child Protection Plan by the originating Authority.

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