The purpose of the secure accommodation review or SAR is only to assess whether or not the conditions for keeping a child or young person in secure accommodation still apply. The secure accommodation review is not a substitute for and does not replace the statutory review of the child’s overall care plan, which must be chaired by the child’s IRO.
The good practice guidance developed by RRC will guide the Independent Person and the Panel on their responsibility to the child/young person in ensuring his/her welfare and best interest with regard to the criteria for secure accommodation are of paramount consideration.
If the Panel recommends that the criteria for restricting the child’s liberty no longer apply, or that the placement is no longer necessary, or another type of placement would be appropriate, then the local authority must urgently convene a statutory review of the child’s care plan, chaired by their IRO. The review should consider how the child’s needs will be met in a non-secure setting and plan how this move will be managed so that it takes place in a way that is least disruptive to the child concerned.