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The role of the social worker (care and support protection plan co-ordinator)

The local authority is required, in partnership with other agencies, to prepare and maintain the care and support protection plan.

The care and support protection plan co-ordinator, also referred to as the social worker, takes lead responsibility for the plan on behalf of the local authority

The social worker must be employed by social services, registered with Social Care Wales and have appropriate qualifications, training and experience to undertake the role of the care and support plan coordinator

Code of Practice to Part 4 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

The chair at the initial child protection conference should ensure that a named social worker is identified i.e. the responsible care and support protection plan co-ordinator.

This should also be recorded at the conference.

If there is no identified social worker who is the responsible care and support protection plan co-ordinator, the relevant senior manager responsible for safeguarding in social services must be informed immediately.

Responsibilities of the social worker (the care and support protection plan co-ordinator)

The social worker should:

This includes:

Any change of care and support protection plan co-ordinator must be notified verbally and confirmed in writing to all relevant agencies and the family by the social worker relinquishing responsibility or their supervising line manager. The Child Protection Register must also be amended promptly.