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Amendments

May 2022

CAPTION: May 2022
   
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Cumbria Understanding The Level of Need and Practice Response A link to Cumbria Understanding The Level of Need and Practice Response has been added.

February 2022

Caption: February 2022 amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care A new Section 7, Education has been added and information has been added on the School Admission Code.
Capacity and Consent Section 4.3, Consent to the Use of Medication to Suppress Puberty has been updated and a new Section 5.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has also been added to reflect High Court judgments. Section 2.1, Consent to Information Sharing has been updated to reflect revisions contained in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Initial Contacts and Referrals The guidance contained in this chapter has been reviewed and updated as required to reflect guidance from the refreshed Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 2, Pre-Proceedings has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning where the mother has learning disabilities. It has also been updated to reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council). See Section 9, Expectations of the Local Authority by the Court in particular.
Complaints and Representations This chapter has been amended to reflect the Children's Statutory Complaint Process: Guide for Practitioners (Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman) - see Relevant Guidance.
Electronic Recording of Meetings Information has been added on recording by employees in a professional capacity, and links were added into Section 3, Further Information.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities This chapter has been refreshed and updated and includes links to related reports from the House of Commons Library (see Section 16, Further Information and Statutory Guidance).
Short Breaks Information has been added in to Section 7, Short Break Settings, in relation to the prohibition on looked after children under the age of 16 being placed in ‘other arrangements’ placements for the purposes of a short break.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery A link has been added to the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians Referral Form. In areas where the ICTG service has been implemented, if the social worker considers a child to be a potential victim of modern slavery, they should refer them to the ICTG service by completing the online referral form.
Section 6.1, Placement Options has been updated in relation to placements in 'other arrangements'.
Section 4, Assessment has been updated in relation to Age Assessments.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Relinquished Children This chapter has been updated to reflect case-law setting out lessons for the future in non-notification cases.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been updated to note that, from September 2021, looked after children under 16 years of age cannot be accommodated in unregulated independent or semi-independent placements.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Information has been added in to Section 3, Local Authority Accommodation, in relation to children under the age of 16 being placed in ‘other arrangements’ placements.
Out of Area Placements Section 6, Placements in Wales has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.
Placements with Parents Section 1, Planned Placements has been updated to add information on placements in 'other arrangements'.
Placements Outside England and Wales Section 3, Placements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review. Additional information has also been added in relation to placements in Scotland, in line with a High Court case.
Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers A new Section 7.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has been added to reflect a High Court judgment.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children This chapter has been refreshed and a link has been added to House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Criminal Injuries Compensation for Victims of Child Abuse.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been significantly amended to reflect the 'Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted)'; updated 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (see Scope of this Chapter) and Sexual Harassment in Education – Briefing (House of Parliament Library) (see Section 8.2, Protecting looked after children from sexual harassment and peer on peer abuse).

The chapter has also been amended to reflect Promoting the Education of Children with a Social Worker: Virtual School Head Role Extension.

Information on the School Admission Code has been added in Section 6, When a Child Needs or Joins a New School.
Leaving Care and Transition Section 6, Pathway Planning has been updated to note that, in relevant cases, immigration status should be included as a separate section on the Pathway Plan. This will help to ensure that young people who have been granted Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme apply to convert this to Settled Status at the appropriate. Pathway Plans should contain clear information about what action needs to be taken by whom and when to ensure that the young person's right to remain legally in the UK is not jeopardised.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been updated to include that from 24 June 2021, probation services will be delivered by the National Probation Service.
Procedure for Foster Carers who Wish to Adopt a Child Currently in their Care, including Fostering After Adopting This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Adoption Case Records This chapter has been updated in line with the changes made by Coram BAAF to their forms.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Information on the School Admission Code has been added in Section 6.3, The Special Guardianship Support Plan.
It has also been updated reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship published by the Family Justice Council. See Section 7.2, Special Guardianship Applications in Care Proceedings and new Section 11, Special Guardianship Orders in International Cases.
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance This chapter has been updated to note the Guidance regarding the process of assessment in 'Timetabling and Timescales for Full Family and Friends Assessment' (Family Justice Council, May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Placements in Other Arrangements This chapter has been added to the manual.

Next update: August 2022


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