Amendments

February 2021

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Statement of Purpose This section has been updated to set out in greater detail the information which the Statement of Purpose for each Leeds City Council Children’s home must contain.
Family Time/Contact A new Section 6, Integrated Treatment Model (ITM) Home Specific Approach to Family Time / Contact has been added to provide detail on the way contact is handled - and gradually increased - within the ITM home.
Staying in Touch, the Safe Use of the Internet, Social Media and Taking Photographs Information for residential staff on how to manage young people’s use of social networking sites and apps has been added into Section 1, Key Principles.
First Aid, Homely Remedies and Medication This guidance has been updated to reflect practice in Leeds Children’s Homes.
Behaviour Management This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated to reflect the restorative way of working which is used in Leeds Children’s Homes. A new Section 5, Behaviour Management with Integrated Treatment Model (ITM)Homes has been also added.
Missing Children

A new Section 6.2, Philomena Protocol has been added. The protocol encourages carers to compile useful information, which could be used in the event of a young person going missing from care, and will include:

  • Known risks;
  • Key contacts;
  • Places frequented.

This joint approach is aimed at protecting vulnerable children in West Yorkshire both to prevent missing episodes occurring, and if a child does go missing, assist in finding them quickly.

Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers A fourth bullet point has been added into Section1, Introduction to reflect the revised guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children. The new bullet point means this procedure now covers situations where an individual has behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children. This is to capture concerns around transferable risk; for example where a person who works in the home is involved in a domestic abuse incident and this may have implications for their suitability to work with children.
Notification of Serious 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 therefore will require notification to the regulatory authority. New sections on the quality of notifications and learning from notifications have been added.
Staff Qualifications and Employment Checks This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. Section 3, Safe Recruitment and Employment Checks is new.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines This new chapter provides information on Child Criminal Exploitation, including county lines. It covers signs and indicators that children are being exploited, and offers guidance on how staff in Children’s Homes can respond to keep children safe from harm linked to criminal exploitation.
Surveillance and Monitoring 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 therefore will require notification to the regulatory authority. New sections on the quality of notifications and learning from notifications have been added.

Next Update: August 2021


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