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Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Policies, Values and Principles This chapter has been reviewed and substantially changed throughout. It should be read in its entirety.
Family and Friends Care This chapter has been updated with a link to FRG Initial Family and Friends Care..
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 Notification of serious childcare incident for local authorities form.
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 Related Guidance to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This chapter has been updated, a link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children has been added.

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.
Young Carers This chapter has been substantially updated and changed and it replaces the previous chapter of the same name. It should be read in its entirety.
Relinquished Children A link from the list of consent forms in the chapter: A105: Consent to the making of an Order under Section 84 (Adoption and Children Act) has been removed.
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 ensure, when placing a child with a Connected Person, the inclusion of an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept. A link to FRG Initial Family and Friends Care has been added.

This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This chapter has been retitled to clarify that it applies to the placements of Looked After children in secure accommodation under Section 25 Children Act 1989 - often referred to as being ‘on welfare grounds’. It replaces the previous chapter and has been extensively amended and now includes new/enhanced sections on 'Applications for Secure Accommodation'; 'Children to Whom Section 25 Applies', (including the issues of children aged 16 years and Section 20 Accommodation); 'Placements for Children aged under 13 years' and 'Support, Monitoring and Ending of Placements' etc. The chapter has also been re-titled to reflect its (original) content and purpose (that of applications for children on 'welfare grounds'), thereby distinguishing it from the 'Remands to Local Authority Accommodation, etc' (LASPO Act 2012).

in addition, in respect of Secure Accommodation - Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, that now enables local authorities to make placements in Secure Accommodation under Section 25 (Children Act 1989).

It should be read in its entirety.
Placement of a Child in Care with Parents This chapter has been retitled and substantially rewritten. It should be read in its entirety.
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.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated following a review of the information. The title of the chapter has been revised to Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays). It should be read in its entirety.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans

This chapter has been updated, 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.

This guideline covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties in children and young people up to age 18 who are adopted from care, in special guardianship, looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care), residential settings and other accommodation, or on the edge of care. It aims to address the many emotional and psychological needs of children and young people in these situations, including those resulting from maltreatment.
Somerset Leaving Care - Transition To Adulthood This new chapter has been substantially reviewed and updated. It should be read in its entirety.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that 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 include 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

This chapter has been updated, a link to Contact After Adoption asbeen added

These are practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been substantially updated and changed and it replaces the previous chapter of the same name. It should be read in its entirety.
   
   
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation

Working Together 2015 states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: ‘’a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.’’

It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally.
Pathway to Advocacy - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Advocacy Referral Form, Route1 - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Independent Visitor Referral Form, Route1 - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
SCC Permanence Policy Statement - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Permanence Pathway - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Placement Planning Form - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Placement Support Stability Meeting Form - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Social Work Report for Secure Panel - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Delegated Authority Decision Support Tool - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Leaving Care Finance Policy - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Special Guardianship Financial Support Policy - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Quality Assurance Framework - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
Transport Policy, Staff Guidance & Procedures: Accessing Transport for Child Services - Local Guidance This new chapter links to local guidance in the documents library.
   

Next update: May 2018


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