Individual Education Plan (IEP)

It is the responsibility of the Principal or Pre-school Director to ensure that all children and young people under the guardianship of the Minister enrolled in their school or pre-school have an active IEP. This responsibility, however, may be delegated to the Counsellor or another designate within the site.

The IEP provides a process for sharing relevant information and supporting a child or young person to achieve their potential. The task of the IEP support group is to facilitate communication between young people, their caseworkers, carers, school and interagency staff and counsellors/therapists, in person or via ICT, to ensure that decisions are made and actions taken to enable young people to succeed in achieving a good education. Young people need to be supported to express their thoughts and feelings and should be included in the process as developmentally appropriate, yet it is also necessary to be mindful that some conversations are best had between adults.

The Essential IEP documents

To avoid duplication, if a child or student has an existing NEP, ILP or other learning or behaviour plan that documents goals and support provided to achieve them, the IEP Information sheet is attached to the front of the other plans.  This alerts staff accessing the plan that the young person is in care and that the caseworker needs to be involved in the planning process. The forms immediately below are the essential documents. There are many other proformas on this webpage that can be used as needed. The protocol is signed to ensure all parties have read and understand their responsibilities.

Please note: Inclusion in school photos, video recordings of the school play and inclusion in award ceremonies are an important and affirming part of a normal childhood. For this reason, participation in these events is important for children under the custody or guardianship of the Minister. The Families SA Case Manager should promote children and young people being part of school photos if at all possible. Participation in these events may be agreed as part of the case planning process or in the education plan meeting. The child's Families SA case manager is to ensure that such participation is appropriate, and that all necessary steps are taken to ensure everyone is aware of special requirements that may exist to protect the child or young person e.g. when the location of the child/young person needs to remain confidential. More information is included with on the DECD Information Sharing Form (link below).

Checklists

Information gathering

This self-assessment reporting tool is part of the ICAN Engagement Matrix that can be used by IEP stakeholders to measure the child/young person's development over time.

Supporting documents

Smart Planning

(Strategies for managing abuse related trauma)

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