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Halton Children's Services Online Procedures



January 2021

CAPTION: January 2021
Updated Chapters
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Complaints and Representations

Information contained in this procedure has been reviewed and refreshed as required.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

Information contained in this chapter has been reviewed and updated as required.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

Section 6, Placements of Children under 13 years has been updated following publication of revised DfE guidance.

Notifications of Significant Events

This procedure has been updated to reflect the latest Ofsted guidance for social care providers on the types of incident which they consider to be serious and which will therefore require notification to the regulatory authority. New sections have been added on the quality of notifications and learning from notifications.

New Chapters and Features
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Capacity and Consent

This new chapter contains guidance in relation to the various situations in which consent is likely to be sought, with reference to previous legal judgements. This is a potentially complex practice arena and if the practitioner is in any doubt about gaining consent they should always seek further advice from managers and legal advice must be sought as necessary.

Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff

The use of social media in a social care and safeguarding environment is a developing area. Cases and reviews have discussed the use of social media in social work practice. There is, however, currently no specific government guidance on the issue. This new chapter is designed to highlight some of the issues to be considered, with links to additional information. It is not intended to provide any legal advice, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate. Local Authorities and Courts may have local protocols in place on the use of social media/service of documents.

Storage of Data on Mobile Devices

This new chapter provides guidance on the storage of personal data (including photographs) on mobile devices. 'Personal data' is any information about an identifiable living individual. 'Mobile devices' includes memory sticks, mobile telephones including smartphones, tablet technologies, netbooks and laptops.

Next Update: July 2021


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