Decision Making: Revised decisions, considering evidence and recording of decisions: Shared care cases
Example of the types of information that could be considered / requested when deciding a shared care case where two people from different households have responsibility for children
A shared care case is a good example of a case where a wide variety of evidence will be considered. In these cases the DM will be considering amongst other things:
- who does the child live with?
- from what date?
- does the child live with anyone else?
- if yes, who do they live with and from when?
- what is the child’s main contact?
- how many nights a week does the child stay with this person?
- are there different arrangements during the school and other holidays?
- who buys clothes, shoes and food for this child?
- who arranges school, nursery or childcare places?
- who takes and picks up this child from nursery etc?
- what is the address held for the child’s medical records?
- who cares for this child when they are ill?
- who does their washing?
- is there a court order over this child?
Note: This list is not exhaustive but it shows the breadth of evidence that should be considered where there is a decision to be made that involves shared care of a child. Further information can be found at TCTM02204