March 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Residential Child Care – Key Principles Section 3, Achieving the Key Principles has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018, and explains that children in residential care should be helped to understand the types of personal information which is kept in their case records, what it is used for, who it will be shared with and how long it will be kept for. The child’s right to access their case record should also be explained to them.
Education This chapter has been updated to reflect amendments introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 relating to the status of ‘Previously Looked After Children’. A Previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales. A new Section 5, Safeguarding in School has also been added.
Care and Placement Plans Guidance This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. Information in relation to Pathway Plans has been updated to reflect that, as a result of provisions contained in the Children and Social Work Act (2017), care leavers can request support from local authorities up to the age of 25 years.
New Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Business Continuity Plan - Situation Occurring This new procedure explains the process for recording details of incidents which occur in the home. It links to the Situation Occurring Template which should be completed following every incident and used to make a record of actions and decision making in response to incident. The template also contains a checklist for staff to ensure they have completed all necessary notifications and an agenda to be used for debriefing when reviewing the incident and its aftermath to see if lessons can be learnt for the future.

Next Update: September 2019


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