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Amendments

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Transfer Protocol

The transfer protocol aims to ensure that referral pathways between services are clear. It has been written to provide guidance for professionals working with children and families, not rigid rules, and should be used flexibly and with discretion between teams so as to provide high quality services for children and their families.

It has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect changes in the delivery of services to children across Wakefield.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

A links has been added to information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens in relation to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.

Children's Resource and Care and Support Panel and Legal Proceedings Panel

This guidance which explains when to use the Resource & Care and Support Panel and how to make a referral has been reviewed locally and updated as required.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout.

Child Looked After Reviews

This guidance has been updated with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward by the Independent Reviewing Officer. (See Frequency of Looked After Reviews for full details).

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process; particularly in respect of ensuring birth parents are provided with information throughout the adoption process, 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 4.2, Procedural Fairness).

In addition Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional considerations (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 which amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) which a court or adoption agency must consider when coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child. The new considerations concern, 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.

Next Update: October 2018

Archive

2017 Amendments

(Please note these archived amendments reflect a previous version of the manual).

2016 Amendments

2015 Amendments

2014 Amendments