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Amendments

March 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Policies, Values and Principles A new section has been added on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018).
Statutory Assessments (Child and Family Assessments) The chapter has been updated in line with the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation The Related Information and Guidance section has been updated.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect case-law M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence).

In Section 2, Pre-proceedings, additional information has been added in relation to parents who lack capacity and links added to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability.

The link has been updated to the Social Work Evidence Template.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) This chapter has been updated to reflect the requirement for local authorities in England to notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent case-law.
Case Records and Retention Section 1, The Case Record has been updated in line with the Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permit the transfer of a copy of the child’s case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child.
Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer This chapter has been added. It links to statutory guidance and to the Guide to the duty to refer including the referral process. The duty to refer was brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.
Permanence Policy This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.
Children being Cared for by Family and Friends: Practice Guidance A link has been added to Looking after someone else's child – GOV.UK.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been updated to reflect the updated guidance ‘Secure Children’s Homes: How to Place a Child aged under 13 (July 2018).’
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation and Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody.
Ceasing to Look After a Child This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.
Looked After Child Reviews Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child, has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been revised throughout in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and with local practice.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to previously looked after children.
Adoption Reviews Section 5, The Conduct of Adoption Reviews (bullet point 1.f) has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being ‘Previously Looked After’ when considering their educational needs. A link to DfE guidance on Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children has also been added.
Adoption Case Records Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provide that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency. Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report ‘Firm foundations: complaints about council support and advice for special guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman) (May 2018)’ has been added into the Relevant National Guidance section of this chapter.

The chapter has been also updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the designated teacher to provide support to Previously Looked After Children.
Life Story Books Guidance This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Later Life Letters This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Relinquished Children Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Media Protocol for Children's Social Care Staff The link to the Press Office Intranet site has been added.
Designated Managers This chapter has been updated throughout.
New Chapters and features
Chapter Name Details
Child Arrangements Orders This chapter provides information on private law applications for Child Arrangements Orders under Section 8 Children Act 1989.
Child Arrangements Orders Allowance Policy This chapter provides information on allowances in relation to private law applications for Child Arrangements Orders under Section 8 Children Act 1989.
Whistleblowing A link has been added to this local guidance.


Next update: August 2019


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