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August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Statutory Assessments (Child and Family Assessments) This chapter was updated in line with local practice, and should be re-read.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation This chapter was updated to reflect changes in procedure; the implementation of the new Sexual Exploitation Measurement Tool; the publication of the DfE definition and guidance which replaces the 2009 guidance; and local learning. An updated Appendix 1: Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Flowchart, was added.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) This chapter was updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter was updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and Support Statutory Guidance (December 2016). (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link was added into Further Information to Guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ Entitlement to EHC Plans (DfE 2017).
Short Breaks for Disabled Children A link was added to Friendship For All (The Children’s Society).
Placements with Connected Persons

Section 4, Procedure for Assessment and Approval of Connected Persons, was updated to include, in matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person, an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.

The above link was added to FRG Initial Family and Friends Care.

Placements of a Child in Care with Parents Section 6, Assessment of Placement Prior to Placement of Child, was updated. Consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter was updated throughout.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter was updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – A Guide for Commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers

This chapter was updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations - Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review, June 2015. In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks  and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues.

Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter was updated throughout.
Health Care Assessments and Plans A link was added to Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care - NICE Guidelines (NG26).
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker was updated. Additional information was added in relation to the Safer Caring Plan and any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments was updated to provide that where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Placement for Adoption A link was added to Contact After Adoption.
Inter Country Adoption

Section 3, Initial Meeting the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances.

In Section 4, Formal Approval, a link was added to Intercountry adoption: means test form which contains information on how to apply for a fee reduction for people who wish to adopt a child from overseas and who earn £45,000 per year or less.

In Section 12, After Approval information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption Forms: checklist for adoption which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter was substantially revised to reflect the most recent national Special Guardianship Guidance (January 2017) and should be re-read in full.

Next update: March 2018


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