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Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
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Child in Need Plans and Reviews

A new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles has been added to emphasise the importance of sharing information and communication between the respective local authorities when a Child in Need Moves.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

Section 4.2 case Analysis has been updated to reflect the 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

Halton Borough Council Whistleblowing Policy (2017)

This policy has been updated.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This guidance has been reviewed and extensively updated to reflect the DfE publication Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, November 2017.

Decision to Place a Child in Care and Care Planning

Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is now required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

Permanence Planning Guidance

Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan (under s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is now required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

Social Worker Visits to Children in Care

Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to provide additional information on the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1 Normal Frequency.

Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings

Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the ways in which social media and mobile communication are used by young people in care to contact friends and family members

Health Care Assessments and Plans

A new section, consent to Health Care Assessments, has been added, to clarify those situations when children / young people can provide their own consent to health care assessments.

Placement for Adoption

Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 to amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that a court or adoption agency must have regard to when it is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child); now as well as considering t the relationship which the child has with relatives, and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant, it must also look at the relationship the child has with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom they are placed.

Adoption Case Records

Section 3, Security and Retention of Records has been updated to include a note that records of all adoption enquiries will be kept for 10 years.

Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements

Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been revised to reflect the updated list of considerations (as amended by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which must be referenced whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child. Following the introduction of the Children and Social Work Act, this list now includes consideration of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

New Chapters and Features
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Deprivation of Liberty

This online resource provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people. Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care or cared for away from home in other settings may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.

Mental Capacity

This new section links to an online resource which will support practitioners to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently. 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: January 2019

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