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LutonChildren's Services Procedures Manual


December 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Children's Consultation and Participation

The Related Guidance section has been updated to add supporting resources with regard to children's consultation and participation. Local Resources section has been updated to include links to the Luton Young People's Panel and Luton's Youth Participation website.

Supervision Guidance

This chapter has been revised throughout locally to reflect local guidance.

Step-Up and Step-Down

This chapter has been updated locally to reflect local practice.

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)

This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

A new Section 6, Suitable Placements has been added. Details of the National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Version 2.0 March 2018 have been added into Section 1, Introduction and Definitions.

Safeguarding Children who Run Away or Go Missing

This chapter has been updated to add Pan Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children who go Missing from Home and Care Protocol and Return Home Interview Process.

Family and Friends Care

A link has been added in the Relevant Legislation and Guidance Section to Looking after someone else's child government guidance.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been amended. It confirms in Section 14, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.

Unregistered Schools Strategy

This strategy has been updated.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

This chapter has been amended to reflect Section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker (see Section 2.1, The Care Plan - Contents).

Placements with Parents

This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment (see Scope of this Chapter).

Notifications of Significant Events

This chapter has been reviewed and revised throughout.

Promoting the Education of Looked-After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been reviewed and revised to reflect local practice and should be re-read throughout.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

The Luton Escalation Process for LAC referrals to Health flowchart has been added.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation).

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 7.13, Inter Agency Placements and Section 11, Children Approved for Adoption for Whom no Placement has been Identified).

Local Contacts

These details have been updated.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details

Luton Practice Standards Booklet

A link to the Luton Practice Standards Booklet has been added to the manual.

Family Safeguarding Workbook Policy

A link to the Family Safeguarding Workbook Policy has been added to the manual.

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Condition in Long-Term Residential Settings

This chapter has been added as new, to reflect statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).

Luton's Virtual School Policy for Placing Children in Schools

This is a local policy which has been added as new into the Education section.

Removed Chapters
  • Vision Statement: Young People's Version;
  • Practice Guidance and Risk Assessment Tool to Safeguard Children and Young People who are Sexually Abused through Exploitation;
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Panel (CSEP) Operating Protocol;
  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) - Operating Protocol;
  • Young Carers Strategy;
  • Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for Schools and Education Services;
  • Corporate Parenting Policy;
  • Staying Put Policy;
  • Staying Put Arrangement - Flowchart - 2014-2015;
  • Fostering Service Contract Care Policy.

The above Luton Policies are currently under review - see Local Resources.

Next Update: June 2020


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