Jan is 16 years old and has no siblings. Her parents are divorced and live separately from a year ago when Jan reported her father for domestic violence. The father now lives with his new wife who is 4 months pregnant. He and Jan are not on good terms due to Jan reporting him for domestic violence.
Jan’s mother was a successful solicitor who left her career after Jan was born. Jan’s mother owns and operates a boutique in London, however, she has advised the local authority that due to economic situation in the country she is facing serious financial difficulties in her business and therefore, is in no condition to provide separate accommodation for her daughter.
Jan goes to one of the most exclusive and expensive schools in the country, however, given the reduced financial resources of the family after her father’s departure and the unsuccessful attempt to obtain any funding, scholarship, or sponsorships for her studies Jan will have to change her school from next year.
Three months ago Jan attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping tablets, and ever since she has been offered additional support by local authority, including three times a week psychotherapy sessions by one of the best known psychiatrists and psychotherapists in the country. The psychiatrist recommendation is that Jan needs to live separate from her mother to have the time to address her own issues.
Jan has now told the local authority that she does not want to go home and that she can no longer live with her mother, and that the local authority should give her an appropriate home. Jan is temporarily staying at a friend’s house awaiting the local authority’s decision about a new home for her. Jan can continue to stay with her friend for another week, however, her friend has indicated that Jan will have to move to her own place after that.
There is a strategy meeting to discuss Jan’s situation and decide the way forward. You are the social worker assigned to the case. What is your analysis of the situation and what are your suggestions/recommendations for the strategy meeting?
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