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LutonChildren's Services Procedures Manual

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June 2021

CAPTION: June 2021
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Luton Supervision Framework

This chapter has been updated and replaces the previous chapter.

Capacity and Consent

This chapter has been updated to add information on a High Court case in relation to consent in the context of the use of medication to suppress puberty.

Case Transfer Policy

This chapter has been updated locally to reflect local practice.

Public Law Outline Procedures and Guidance

A link has been added to Best practice guidance: Support for and work with families prior to court proceedings.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated to reference recent case-law holding that, as part of the mediation process, a parent/child/young person is entitled to bring along any supporter they wish, including a lawyer.

Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer

This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Luton Joint Housing Protocol.

Also a link has been added to Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) to support the development of joint protocols that can help local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers. (See Section 4, Housing Protocols for Care leavers).

Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation

Home Office NWG guidance documents have been added into Relevant Guidance and Information.

Holidays and School Trips in and Outside the UK

This chapter has been reviewed. It combines to replace the previous 2 chapters Holidays and School Trips In the UK And Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated with a link to Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) to support the development of joint protocols that can help local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers. Additional content has therefore been added in a new Section 8, Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leaver as well as Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans and Section 13, Where Care Leavers Live or Move to a Different Local Authority Area.

Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody

This chapter has been updated to reflect the Section 2.6 Care leavers leaving custody in Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) 2020. (See Section 3.9, Planning for Release).

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout and information added on applying for a copy of a birth certificate online.

New Chapters and Features
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Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families during COVID-19 Practice Guidance

This practice briefing from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel sets out key findings and recommendations from a thematic analysis of Rapid Reviews relating to serious child safeguarding incidents reported to the Panel during the initial COVID-19 outbreak between March and September 2020.

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

This policy applies when a child or care leaver is discharged from hospital after having been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

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