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Amendments

August 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Confidentiality Policy This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Initial Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Electronic Recording of Meetings This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
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. (See Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks Before Placement.)
Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout. Additionally, Appendix A: Request to Change the Name of a Child Looked After being placed with an adoptive family was added.
Leaving Care and Transition This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers Appendix 1: Table Of Financial Entitlements has been updated.
Fostering Panel Appendix A: Children and Young People – Representing their views at Fostering Panel, Appendix B: Team Manager Reports to Fostering and Adoption Panels and Appendix C: Fostering Panel Documentation have been added.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Adoption Panel

Appendix A: Team Manager Reports to Fostering and Adoption Panels and Appendix B: Reports Required for Adoption Panel have been added.

This guidance has also been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Placement for Adoption Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), 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. Appendix 5: Meetings Between Children and Adopters before the Matching Panel and ADM has also been added.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), 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.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Case File Audit Process Links to the auditing process and tool have been added to the manual.
Process for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) Auditing Links to the auditing process and tool have been added to the manual.
Deprivation of Liberty A link to this resources has been added to the manual.
Mental Capacity A link to this resources has been added to the manual.

Next update: February 2019


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