57 The Keeping of a Child in Secure Accommodation
The Panel considered a report of the Corporate Director of Children’s Services which set out the background to the current situation and outlined the reasons why a secure placement was still considered necessary. The Panel also considered a report from the Independent Investigator which gave an overview of the child’s situation and a report from the Secure Unit.
The Panel carefully reviewed the case, taking into account the verbal updates from officers of Children’s Services, the Independent Investigator, Secure Unit, and the wishes of the child who was present at the meeting.
The Panel Members were advised of the transition programme for a residential placement and were concerned about the safety of the child in the event that they were not in secure accommodation until the placement.
The Panel agreed that the criteria for the placement in secure accommodation continued to apply, that the placement continued to be necessary and that no other description of accommodation was appropriate.
RESOLVED: That an extension to the Secure Order be sought for a period of three months from 20 April 2010.