September 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Case Recording Section 16, Records must Usually be Retained After Closure has been updated to include a link to a Children’s Services – Retention of Records table which provides an overview of the retention requirements for different types of Children’s Social Care Records. Any changes required to reflect the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and revised Data Protection Act (2018) have also been made.
Contact with Parents / Carers / Siblings and Others Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication to keep in touch with family members and friends.
Health Care Assessments and Plans Section 1, Health Care Assessments has been updated to include information on the circumstances when young people can provide their own consent to Health Care Assessments and medical treatment.
Recognising Abuse and Neglect This guidance has been reviewed and and updated to reflect current Government publications on safeguarding children, including the responsibility which is shared among all professionals to keep children safe and promote their welfare.
Referring Safeguarding Concerns This guidance has been reviewed throughout to reflect current Government publications on safeguarding children, and emphasises that keeping children safe and promoting their welfare is a responsibility of all staff working in the home, not just managers and key workers.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction has been revised throughout to include additional information on the nature of child sexual exploitation and its impact on young people. Section 2, Indicators of Possible Sexual Exploitation has also been updated to reflect the complexity of child sexual exploitation, including situations where young people can be both perpetrators and victims of abuse.
Identifying and Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism including Radicalisation Section 1, Introduction / Definitions has been updated to include additional information for staff on what is meant by the term extremism; an explanation of the processes by which young people can be exposed to the messages of extremist groups was also added.
Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers This guidance has been updated to clarify the distinct roles and responsibilities of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and the homes’ senior manger in relation to the handling of allegations against staff and volunteers.
Notification of Serious Events The title of this document has been revised to provide clarity and better reflect terminology used in the Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards.
Preparation for Leaving Care This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the Children and Social Work Act and recent Department for Education publications on Corporate Parenting Principles and extending Personal Adviser support.

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