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Amendments

October 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles A new Section 3, 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). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
Confidentiality Policy This chapter has been reviewed and updated in line with 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. The chapter was also updated in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated. From 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
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, Pre-proceedings).

Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been reviewed and updated in line with 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 the Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permit 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 throughout in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been reviewed and updated in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Local Authority - Principals. Information and communication is important between the respective local authorities to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority. It should be noted that the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child lies with the local authority where the child is to be found.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been refreshed throughout, and additional information added in relation to trafficking and modern slavery.
Decision to Look After a Child and Care Planning

Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law.

Section 2.1.1 The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Permanence Planning Guidance Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been updated to fully reflect the updated guidance ‘Secure Children’s Homes: How to Place a Child aged under 13 (July 2018)’. (See Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years).
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Section 2, Exceptions, has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.
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.
Contact with Parents and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact, has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK In Section 5, Insurance, the link has been updated to the European Health Insurance Card.
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 revised throughout in line with Children and Social Work Act 2017, the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Panel This chapter has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Placement for Adoption Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017. Whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child, an additional consideration is added of the relationship which the child has with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed.
Adoption Case Records Section 3, Security Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with the Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provide 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.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters In October 2018, Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
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.
New Chapters and Features
Chapters Details
Mental Capacity This resource will support practitioners working in statutory social care and provider services to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle.
Deprivation of Liberty This resource will support practitioners in deciding whether a child or young person is subject to a deprivation of liberty and the necessary authorisation process.
Whistleblowing Helpline - Speak Up A link has been added to this manual.
Raising Concerns at Work A link has been added to this manual.
Public Concern at Work A link has been added to this manual.

Next update: March 2019


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