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Amendments

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Young Carers This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Links to statutory guidance have been updated.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children. The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.

Guidance on Procedures for Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum

Links to statutory guidance have been updated.
Risk of Trafficking Links to statutory guidance have been updated.
Permanence Policy Section 6, Decision Making and Planning For Permanency has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Child Plan (under s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Care Planning Section 1, The Child Plan has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Looked After Child Reviews This chapter has been amended in line with Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Guidance and Regulations, with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward.
Contact With Parents/Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact, has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify that the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes.
Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review.

Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017. Whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child, an additional consideration is added of the relationship which the child has with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed.

Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed.
New Chapters and features
Chapter Name Details
Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

The Deprivations of Liberty procedure should be used by practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, where a deprivation of liberty may be occurring.

Everyone working with (or caring for) any young person from the age of 16 who may lack capacity must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


Next update: August 2018


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