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Amendments

June 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation The Relevant Guidance section has been updated to add supporting resources with regard to children's consultation and participation.
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been updated with a link to government guidance on Looking After Someone Else’s Child.
Child and Family Assessment This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance on Assessment in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect changes from ‘Practice Direction 27A - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)’, in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents, (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court). In addition, a new subsection provides further detail on the importance of recording information on the Care Plan which will help the child, parent or the child’s carer understand why decisions have been or are being made.

It has also been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.
Case Recording Policy This chapter has been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence).
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to confirm that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the designated teacher to provide support to Previously Looked After Children.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery A new Section 6, Suitable Placements has been added.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect Section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to ‘Relevant’ or ‘Former Relevant’ young people.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been revised throughout and a link added to the National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been amended with regard to leaving care Assessment of Need, reviews of Pathway Plans and the role of personal advisers.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to Previously Looked After Children.
Adoption Reviews This chapter 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.

Next Update: December 2019

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