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Amendments

November 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). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
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.
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 reflect that 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.
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.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This procedure has been fully revised.
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.
Electronic Recording of Meetings This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This procedure has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
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.
Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
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.
Permanence Planning Guidance This procedure has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Court Order, added by S.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings This procedure has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Placements in Foster Care This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been slightly updated and should be re-read.
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.
Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK The link to the 'Self help UK, Department of Health, Health Advice for Travellers' was removed and replaced with a link to the 'European Health Insurance Card’ - see Section 5, Insurance.
Health Care Assessments and Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Leaving Care and Transition This procedure has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
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 was added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Deprivation of Liberty This link has been added to the manual.

Next update: May 2019


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