Amendments

July 2021

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Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Complaints and Representations Information contained in this procedure has been reviewed and refreshed as required.
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.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Section 11, Further Information has been updated to include a link to Statutory Guidance Modern Slavery: How to Identify and Support Victims.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
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 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 new Section 4, Housing Protocols for Care Leavers).
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds A new Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty When One or More of the Relevant Criteria Under Section 25 Children Act 1989 are Not Satisfied has been added. A revised link has been added to Secure Children's Homes, see Section 6, Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect minor changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children (amendments to bullet points in Section 8.1, Child Protection Policy and Procedures).
Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK This chapter has been refreshed throughout. Section 2.3, Insurance Cover has been updated to include details of how to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which provides access to reduced cost or free medical insurance in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Section 2.4, Obtaining a Passport has also been updated to link to reissued Home Office guidance for Local Authorities Children's Services Departments when Applying for Passports on Behalf of Children.
Restrictive Physical Intervention This chapter has been reviewed and should be re-read in its entirety.
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 Leavers 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 Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice, Section 2.6 Care leavers leaving custody (DfE and MHCLG) (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 (GOV.UK).
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers A revised link has been added to Prepare for a Review Panel: Adopters and Foster Carers (GOV.UK).
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters A revised link has been added to Prepare for a Review Panel: Adopters and Foster Carers (GOV.UK).
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records This chapter has been refreshed throughout and information added on applying for a copy of a birth certificate online.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Hearing the Voice of The Child and Understanding their Lived Experience - Guidance This guidance has been added to the manual.
Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams This document has been added to the manual.
Capacity and Consent This chapter offers guidance in relation to the various situations in which consent is likely to be sought, with reference to previous legal judgments.
Storage of Data on Mobile Devices

This 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.
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff This chapter is designed to highlight some of the issues to be considered, with links to additional information.
Next Update: January 2022