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Amendments

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Introduction and Foreword This document has been reviewed and updated.
Consultation and Participation with Children and Young People This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice requirements.
Case Recording This procedure has been revised.
Confidentiality Policy This policy has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Access to Records This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Planning and Review This procedure has been significantly updated to reflect local practice and requirements.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been amended and a link has been added to Research in Practice supporting information and guidance on the Social Work Evidence template (SWET).
Private Fostering This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds This procedure has been revised and should be re-read in full.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation in line with recent case law.
Permanence Planning Guidance

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which introduced changes the status of 'previously looked after children'. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

Children who leave 'care' through the making of such Orders are entitled to support from their school or educational setting, through the designated teacher. See Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Procedure.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This procedure has been updated in relation to requesting transfers for young people in custody.
Ceasing to Look After a Child

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to ongoing education support for children and young people with the status of 'previously Looked After Children'. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.
Placement in Foster Care This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Placement in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been updated to reflect the updated guidance 'Secure children's homes: how to place a child aged under 13 (July 2018)'.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This procedure has been updated in relation to requesting transfers for young people in custody.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice and requirements.
Looked After Reviews

This procedure has been amended to reflect a High Court judgement in respect of children who were accommodated (s 20) and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court acknowledged the IROs' recognition and action over a number of reviews but noted that a more robust response had been needed.

Also, the role of the IRO in agreeing changes to the frequency of social worker visits to the child has been outlined.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to include amendments made by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which relate to the status of 'previously looked after children'. A previously looked-after child is someone who is no longer looked after in England and Wales as a result of the making of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or who has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

A new Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School has been added. A link has also been added to the National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2.

In addition, the procedure reflects the updated statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018 and guidance regarding Data protection and safeguarding as set out in Data protection: a toolkit for schools (August 2018).
Life Story Work This document has been reviewed.
Leaving Care and Transition This document has been updated to include information about Cambridgeshire's Local Offer to care leavers and has also been updated in relation to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This procedure has been updated in relation to requesting transfers for young people in custody.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Persons Disqualified from Fostering This procedure has been revised and should be re-read in full.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This procedure has been updated.
Relinquished for Adoption Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Adoption Panel This document has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Support

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance. These changes relate to ongoing education support for children and young people with the status of 'previously Looked After Children'.

A previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales).
Adoption Reviews This procedure has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being 'previously looked after' when considering their educational needs. A link to DfE guidance on 'Promoting the Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children' has also been added.
Adoption Case Records This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance. These changes relate to ongoing education support for children and young people with the status of 'previously Looked After Children'.

A previously Looked After Child is someone who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

It has also been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report 'Firm Foundations: Complaints about Council Support and Advice for Special Guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman) (May 2018)' was added.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Care, Education & Treatment Reviews This new procedure outlines the social work responsibilities in working with partners to ensure that children, young people and their families receive timely support, both to prevent admission and facilitate discharge.

Next Update: October 2019


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