For a time limited order or until 18 order the Department of Communities has to do a care plan as soon as possible.
A care plan sets out what the child needs and what has to happen to meet those needs. Care plans are reviewed every 12 months.
The Department of Communities usually has a meeting to make the care plan. The meeting will include the parents, the child and other important people in the child's life.
They also meet with everyone when the care plan is reviewed.
If you disagree with anything in the care plan, you can ask for it to be reviewed. To do that you need to write to the Department of Communities within 14 days of receiving the care plan.
They will review the things you dispute. They can stay with the original decision, change it, or reverse it altogether.
If you still disagree after the review, you may be able to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal.
The Tribunal can review decisions made by the Department of Communities. You should consider getting legal advice if you are thinking about this option.
Last updated: 28 August 2023