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5.1.8 Placement Disruption and Disruption Meetings

Please also see Guidance Placement Stability.


In September 2016, a link to Hertfordshire’s Children Looked After – Placement Moves (Guidance) was added to this chapter (above).

This chapter is currently under review.

Application and Scope

See Disruption of Adoptive and Long Term Foster Placements Procedure. This includes actions required on completion of disruption process.

The need to hold a Disruption Meeting must not delay putting in place alternative arrangements for meeting a child’s needs and any immediate action required to remedy any problems arising from a disruption.

A Disruption Meeting is different from a planning meeting (see Planning Placements Procedure) which is set up in the immediate aftermath of a placement breakdown to plan where the child goes next.