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Amendments

February 2019

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Young People in the Armed Forces This chapter has been added to the manual.

December 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles A new Section 2, Corporate Parenting has been added in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018).
Confidentiality Policy This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Assessments Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference to parents with learning disabilities.
Visits to Children and Young People Section 5, Exceptions for Visits to Looked After Children has been revised, to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 4, Frequency of Visits.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability (see Section 2.1, Principles) and Practice Direction 3AA - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence (see Case management in Section 4, Documentation). In Related Guidance a link has been added to Research in Practice supporting information and guidance on the Social Work Evidence template (SWET).
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) This chapter has been amended to include the duty on local authorities to notify the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within five working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Case Records and Retention Section 1, The Case Record has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permits the transfer of a copy of the child’s case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been revised and updated throughout. It should be re-read in full.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been revised and updated throughout. It should be re-read in full.
Relinquished Children Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Additional information has been added into Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation in line with recent case-law.
Looked After Reviews Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs’ recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed.
Health Care Assessments and Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been significantly updated throughout and should be re-read.
Adoption Panel This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Inter Country Adoption Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.
Adoption Case Records Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency. Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made.
Removed Chapters
  • Children's Services - Who's Who.

Next update: June 2019


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