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February 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Assessments Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference to parents with learning disabilities.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated to reflect that from 29 June 2018, local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Case Retention A note has been added with regards to the Goddard Enquiry and the retention of records.
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.
Children 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 have been subject to Section 20 and where there have been 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.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been fully revised throughout.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report ‘Firm Foundations: Complaints about Council Support and Advice for Special Guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman)’ has been added into the Relevant National Guidance section of this chapter.
Life Story Books Guidance This chapter has been reviewed.
Later Life Letters This chapter has been fully reviewed.

Next update: August 2019


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