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Amendments

January 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles The Children’s Services Polices, Values and Principles chapter has been updated to include a new section on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers - Statutory Guidance (February 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
Confidentiality Policy This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter replaces the chapter titled 'Children in Need/Step Down'. It should be re-read in its entirety.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order, added by s8 Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Case Records for Looked After Children The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter replaces the previous chapter of the same name and should be re-read in its entirety.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter replaces the previous 'Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children' chapter. The chapter has been developed to reflect the Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017).
Relinquished Children This chapter 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 This chapter has been substantially updated in line with recent case law and should be re-read in its entirety.
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Court Order, added by S.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.
Looked After Reviews Section 9, The Role of the Looked After 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.
Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings This chapter has been updated to take account of the use of mobile phone communication with regards to contact.
Leaving Care and Transition This new chapter replaces the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety. It has been updated and revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the C&SW Act 2017 and 3 new statutory guidance documents which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25. Also, to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'corporate parenting principles'.

It has also been updated to add clarification in relation to the definition of Qualifying Young People and to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Fostering Service Statement of Purpose This document has been reviewed and updated. It replaces the previous document of the same name.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation was updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 4 (5.39) and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Adoption Panel This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional consideration of 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.
Inter Country Adoption The Inter Country Adoption chapter has been amended in Section 8, Home Study to update the examples given of public funds and government benefits.
Adoption Case Records The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter replaces the previous chapter of the same name and should be re-read in its entirety.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Deprivation of Liberty This is a live resource and will be kept up-to-date by tri.x as and when required in response to changes in legislation and case law.
Mental Capacity This is a link to a guide to the statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how to apply them in practice.
Kinship Care / Friends and Family Policy This new chapter should be read in its entirety.

Next update: May 2019


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