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Amendments

August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in full.

June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy Links to related guidance have been added to this chapter.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been amended to add a link to the ADCS/Cafcass ‘Agreement About How Local Authorities and Cafcass Can Work Effectively in a Set of Care Proceedings and Pre-Proceedings in the English Family Courts’. The Agreement’s objective is to reduce delay and ensure the 26 weeks PLO timescale is met. The key areas identified are Pre-Proceedings, assessment and care planning. (See Section 9.2, Agreement between Local Authorities and CAFCASS to Work Effectively before the Court in Proceedings).
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form. 
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction, has been updated to take account of the change of definition in: Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE, February 2017).
Case Records and Retention This chapter has been revised in to note the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records).
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been 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 has been added into Further Information to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017) (see Section 16, Further Information and Statutory Guidance).
Short Breaks A link to Friendship for All (The Children's Society) has been added to this chapter.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Placements with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons, has been updated to set out that when placing a child with a Connected Person consideration should be given to an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept. Links to related guidance have also been added.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement, has been updated to set out that 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.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been 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 has been 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 (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.
Notifications of Significant Events The telephone number of the Ofsted National Business Unit quoted in this chapter has been updated.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Health Care Assessments and Plans A link 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) has been added to this chapter.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement), has been updated to reflect that the, as part of the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessment, has been updated to indicate 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 Links to the Relinquished Children Procedure and the RIP materials Contact After Adoption have been added above.
Inter Country Adoption In 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 has been 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.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This listing has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation This chapter has been added to the manual.
Children who go Missing from Home This Norfolk authored chapter has been added to this online manual and should be re-read in full.
Relinquished Children This chapter has been added to the manual.
Junior ISAs for Looked After Children (GOV.UK) This link has been added to the manual.
Child Trust Funds for Looked After Children (GOV.UK) This link has been added to the manual.
Children Who Have Their Own Funds (intranet link) This link has been added to the manual.
Children who go Missing from Care This Norfolk authored chapter has been added to this online manual and should be re-read in full.
Children's Services - Who's Who This link has been added to the manual.

Next update: December 2017


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