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Amendments

January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Portsmouth Early Help Assessment A step-by-step guide to Portsmouth Early Help Assessment has been updated and should be re-read throughout.
Transfer and Allocation of Work between the MASH, Targeted Early and Children’s Social Care Teams This process has been updated.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Missing from Home and Care Toolkit (PSCB) This Risk Assessment Toolkit for children going missing from home or from care has been updated.
Case Records for Looked After Children This chapter has been reviewed to note the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records).
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016). (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Further Information and Statutory Guidance to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017) and to the Carers Trust resources and information on young carers.
Protocols Concerning the Interface between Children with Disabilities Team, Children Families and Education Services This chapter has been reviewed and revised to reflect local policy and procedure.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to the Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children. The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard 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.
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively revised with regard to providing guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment.  
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Placements with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons has been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept. A link has been added into Related Guidance to the Family Rights Group Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment good practice guide.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This procedure has been extensively amended and now includes new/enhanced sections on 'Applications for Secure Accommodation'; 'Children to Whom Section 25 Applies', (including the issues of children aged 16 years and Section 20 Accommodation); 'Placements for Children aged under 13 years' and 'Support, Monitoring and Ending of Placements' etc. The chapter has also been re-titled to reflect its (original) content and purpose (that of applications for children on 'welfare grounds'), thereby distinguishing it from the 'Remands to Local Authority Accommodation, etc' (LASPO Act 2012).
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Social Visits (including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated following a review of the information. The title of the chapter has been revised to Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays).
Health Care Assessments and Plans This chapter has been updated with a link to the NICE guideline [NG26] Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of going into Care (see Related Guidance).
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This procedure has been revised as part of the continuing review of procedures.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessment has been updated to include where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to link to Contact After Adoption, see Related Guidance section.
Inter Country Adoption Section 3, Initial Meeting the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances. In Section 4, Formal Approval, a link has been added to Intercountry adoption: means test form which contains information on how to apply for a fee reduction for people who wish to adopt a child from overseas and who earn £45,000 per year or less. In Section 12, After Approval information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption Forms: checklist for adoption to which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation This chapter has been added to the manual.
MASH Operating Procedures This document has been added to the manual.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Risk Assessment Toolkit This document has been added to the manual.

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