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Amendments

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

A new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles, has been added to emphasise the importance of information sharing and communication when a Child in Need moves across local authority boundaries (as described in Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018)

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Child in Care and Child in Need)

This procedure 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.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This policy has been reviewed and updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

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.

Access to Records / Subject Access Requests

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Confidentiality Policy

This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This guidance 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.

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.

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.

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 which considered the relevant information a parent would need to be able to understand, retain and weigh up in order to have competency to consent to the accommodation of a child.

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 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.

Previously Looked After Children are entitled to support from their school through the Designated Teacher (see Section 2.5, Children Who Move into Permanency).

Permanence Planning Guidance

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

These changes relate to 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.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This procedures has been updated to fully reflect the updated guidance ‘Secure Children’s Homes: How to Place a Child aged under 13 (July 2018)’. (See Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years)

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

This guidance has been updated in relation to the role of the Youth Custody Service Placement Team in placing young people in custody, see Section 2.3, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.

Children in Care Reviews

Section 9, The Role of the Children in Care 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.

Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children

This guidance has been updated to reflect amendments introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 relating to the status of ‘Previously Looked After Children’ i.e. 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.

The chapter includes a new Section 15, Mental Health and a new Section 8, Safeguarding Children in Care at School.

In addition the chapter reflects the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018, as it relates to Children in Care and guidance regarding Data protection and safeguarding as set out in Data Protection: A Toolkit for Schools.

Leaving Care and Transition

This guidance has been revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'Corporate Parenting Principles'.

Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services

This guidance has been updated in relation to the role of the Youth Custody Service Placement Team when placing young people in custody, see Section 7.7, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.

Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care in Custody

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 3.8, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review via the Youth Custody Service Placement Team.

Adoption Support

This guidance 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.

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).

Information on the how to apply for financial support for children over 18 years was added into section 9.8 Financial Support for Over 18s; the provision of any financial support for young people over 18 is at the discretion of the local authority, and adopters must be able to demonstrate hardship, that cannot be met by other means.

Adoption Reviews

Section 5.1.f has been updated 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 was also added.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This procedure 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.

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.

Removed Chapters
  • Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children;
  • List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers.
Next Update: October 2019

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