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Amendments

May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Introduction and Foreword This document has been reviewed and updated.
Scheme of Delegated Responsibility This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Confidentiality Policy This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Case Records and Retention The link to Children’s Services – Retention of Records has been revised.
Complaints and Representations - Staff Guidance This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Single Assessment Template Guidance This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Pre-Birth Planning This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Written Agreements This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Planning and Review A new Section 5, Children in Need Moving to Another Local Authority, has been added to this chapter.
Legal Proceedings and Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been added and replaces two separate chapters dealing with the same topics. It should be read in full.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) of the Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This chapter has been updated to indicate that in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation The references and hyperlinks listed in Related Information and Guidance have been revised and updated.
Private Fostering Changes have been made throughout this chapter primarily to better reflect the current allocation of managerial responsibilities.
Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placements Outside England and Wales This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Notifications to and from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Transport for Looked After Children This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Out of Area Placements This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Section 2.1.1, The Care Plan – Contents, has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amendments to Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order. A link to the Cambridgeshire Initial procedures for a Looked After Child has also been added.
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full. In addition Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (S.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amendments to Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Ceasing to Look After a Child This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placement in Foster Care This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placement in Residential Care This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placement with Parents This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placement with Connected Persons ('Regulation 24') This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Secure Accommodation (or 'Criteria') Reviews This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Social Visits and Overnight Stays This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Education of Looked After Children This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Holidays and School Trips Within and Outside the UK This chapter has been extensively revised and extended to include holidays both within and outside the UK. It should be re-read in full.
Personal Care and Relationships This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Behaviour Management and Safe Caring This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Restrictive Physical Intervention This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Substance Misuse This chapter has been extensively revised and should therefore be re-read in full.
Life Story Work This chapter was substantially revised and should be re-read in full
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been substantially revised and should be re-read in full
Marriage and Civil Partnerships This chapter has been substantially revised and should be re-read in full
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Staying Put This chapter has been substantially revised and should be re-read in full
Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been substantially revised and should be re-read in full
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full. In particular Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement, has been updated to reflect the inclusion of the child’s relationship with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child (s9, Children and Social Work Act 2017).
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers This chapter has been substantially revised and should be re-read in full.
Persons Disqualified from Fostering This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Fostering Panel This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read in full.
Placement for Adoption

This chapter has not been fully reviewed but has been amended to highlight ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 1.8, Procedural Fairness).

Section 1, Planning for Permanence, has also been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amendments to Section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that 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.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
East of England Protocol This is a joint protocol on children subject to child protection plan moving between local authority boundaries.
Criminal Injuries Compensation This chapter refers to the eligibility and conducting claims for/by children.
Staying Put Finances This can be found in the Documents Library.
Removed Chapters
  • Scope and Purpose;
  • Context, Definitions and National Guidance;
  • Policy, Values and Principles;
  • Independent Family Returns Panel;
  • Children Not Collected from School at the end of the School Day/Activity;
  • Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children;
  • Looked After and Review Timescales;
  • Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK;
  • Life Story Books Guidance;
  • Glossary of Acronyms;
  • Recommended Reading.

Next Update: October 2018


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