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LutonChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Deprivation of Liberty

This chapter has been extensively updated and replaced with a link to this new resource.

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Contacts and Referrals

This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

A link has been added into Section 16, Further Information and Statutory Guidance to Carers Trust Professionals - Young Carer Assessment Tools.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Section 3, Assessment has been updated with regards to in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.

No Recourse to Public Funds (Disbenefitted Families)

A link has been added to NRPF Network - Securing British Citizenship for looked after children in the Relevant Guidance and Information section.

Business Process For Looked After Children’s Reviews and Care Plan Monitoring

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout. It replaces the previous chapter called Business Support Process for Child Protection Conferences.

Joint Protocol on Children Subject to Child Protection Plan Moving Between Local Authority Boundries

This chapter has been updated.

Young Carers

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

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

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended, to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews).

Escalation of Concerns For Looked after Children and Safeguarding (including Dispute Resolution) Procedure

This chapter has been extensively updated and replaces the previously entitled chapter Safeguarding Alerts and Dispute Resolution Alerts for Looked after Children Procedure.

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify 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 – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.

Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval

Section 5, Variation to the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval has been updated to reflect that a decision to change a foster carer’s terms of approval can now be implemented immediately (rather than after 28 days as was previously the case) if the foster carers provides written agreement to the change and there is a written statement concerning the foster family’s support needs.

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 ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness). Section 1, Planning for Permanence has also been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that 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 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.

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 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.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Local Contacts

This chapter has been updated.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details

Need to Know Briefing

This form has been added to the manual.

Helping Homeless Young People

A simple guide to being looked after by Luton Borough Council. Helping homeless young people know what being looked after means and helping them make informed choices.

Deprivation of Liberty

This 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. It applies to all social care practitioners carrying out any social care function with children who are receiving care or treatment in any setting.

Mental Capacity

This link has been adedd to the manual.

Fostering Service Contract Care Policy

The aim of the Contact Care Scheme is to provide specialist foster carers, who are able to offer a resilient, supportive and consistently nurturing foster placement to the most vulnerable children and young people in Luton, for a time limited period of intensive intervention.

Pace Fostering

PACE carers are approved under the Fostering regulations to provide a supervised overnight stay to PACE young people and only foster young people who have been assessed by a custody officer from a police station. Young people identified as posing a risk to the public will not be placed into overnight foster care under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).


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