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Preparation for the Public Law Outline

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Walthamstow

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-----FOR LONDON BOROUGH OF WALTHAM FOREST STAFF ONLY -----

The Public Law Outline (PLO) is a Practice Direction under the Family Procedure Rules which are mandatory court rules. This sets out what should happen before care proceedings are issued, the processes that the courts and court practitioner should follow during proceedings and also complies with the statutory 26 weeks’ timescale in the amended Children Act within which all care proceedings should be concluded.

The overriding objectives are to work in partnership with children and their families; aiming for clarity and transparency around the potential need for care proceedings and where possible to avoid the need to issue proceedings.


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Helping families – giving families a final opportunity to make changes to avoid care proceedings and helping them fully understand the consequence of care proceedings.

Better informed resolution – ensuring applications to court are made after all safe and appropriate alternatives have been explored but so as to avoid harmful delay.

Preparation for proceedings – improving the quality and consistency by undertaking assessments before court.

During proceedings – improved case management.

Inter-agency working – ensuring closer professional relationships


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All Social Workers and Senior Practitioners in Children’s Services.

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