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Amendments

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Early Help Guidance This guidance has been updated. Please reference.
Framework for Action for all Children, Young People and Families in Bolton This chapter provides a link to Bolton’s Framework for Action which has been amended to provide an updated, accessible link with an updated document. An additional note acknowledges it will be further updated.
Bolton SCB Integrated Working Processes – Lead professional Guidance for Practitioners This guidance has been updated. Please reference.
Transfer of Cases Protocol This chapter has been fully refreshed and updated to reflect current processes and practice. The links to the ADCS ‘North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure’ and ‘Children in Need moving across Local Authority boundaries Procedure, Annexe A: North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure: Guidance and Form’ have been updated.
Transfer of Child Protection Plans From/To Other Local Authority Area This chapter has been amended to update the North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure. (See Relevant Guidance).
Children in Need moving across Local Authority boundaries This chapter has been amended to update Appendix 1: ADCS, North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After a Child in Need) This chapter has been updated by adding a link in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident to the Ofsted online notification form. (See sections 1.3 and 2.3). In addition the chapter has been updated to identify the reasons for a local authority to use the serious childcare incident notification. (See The Designated Manager (Death or Serious Injury to a Child)).
Supervision Policy - Bolton's Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers This chapter has been revised to add a new Section 9, Workload Management. There is no clear national or local guidance regarding caseloads with great variations between Local Authorities. In light of this it is important to define some clear standards or understanding/expectations around the nature of measuring work. The chapter also contains an updated Appendix 6: Supervision Record.
Whistleblowing Policy This chapter has been amended by adding a link to ‘Ofsted, Whistleblowing about safeguarding in local authority children’s services’, which advises of the option of a member of staff reflecting their professional concerns to Ofsted if they feel they have not been ‘heard’ within their organisation. (See Relevant Guidance).
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been significantly updated throughout to provide a further updated version of the ‘Bolton Domestic Abuse Handbook’ and ‘Framework for Action For all children, young people and families in Bolton’, (see Relevant Information).
Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children This chapter has been amended to acknowledge that the Sufficiency Strategy is being reviewed within the next 6 months. In the interim, staff should contact the Head of Service, Children’s Resources and Children with Disability Team if there are related queries. (See Section 1, What is the Sufficiency Duty?).
Permanence for Children This chapter has been fully amended and updated throughout. Some emphasis is given to supporting children within the family or extended family with consideration given to all Children subject to a Care Order to identify if they can be safely reunited with their parents, albeit with resources to support parents to continue to make necessary changes with a view to discharging the Care Orders. (See Section 4, Care Plans). Noted also is that the Regional Adoption Agency has become operational and will increasingly impact upon adoption matters for Bolton. (See Section 9, Adoption).
Placements in Foster Care This chapter has been updated to acknowledge: that should there be no local authority foster carers then an approach will need to be made by the Fostering Social Worker to the Head of Service. (See Section 2, Placement Request); where a child requires significant medical treatment such as surgery, the Head of Service provides the consent, (See Section 5, Delegated Authority (Foster Care)); authorisation for long-term fostering will be granted by the Fostering Panel or Fostering Review Panel depending whether the child is under 10 or over 10 (respectively). (See Section 10, Long-Term Foster Placement).
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds and Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter was significantly refreshed throughout with 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). The chapter retains a section on Secure Criteria Reviews.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated, Section 1.2, Assessment and checks before Placement 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, and so other avenues can be explored. In addition, any assessment should consider the parent’s capacity to change, particularly if the child has suffered Significant Harm together with what therapy may be required or additional support needed to safeguard the child and effect the placement. (See Section 1.3, Recommending the Plan).
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews). Also, following criticism of the Ombudsman of a local authority, a link has been added to NRPF network, Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. (See Section 10, Looked After Reviews Concerning Children in Long Term Foster Placements).
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations - Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review, June 2015. In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been significantly changed and now provides information on a change of name by Deed Poll. Please reference.
Leaving Care Service This chapter has been amended to add a tri.x interim note on the impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 for the Care Leaving Service for general information and ahead of local information. (See following Contents list).
Staying Put This chapter has been updated to add a link to ‘Catch22 NCAS, Staying Put: What does it mean for you?’ This is a guide for young people which seeks to respond to a range of FAQ around ‘Staying Put’ and also has a useful comparison table of key differences between Fostering and Staying Put. It also includes a ‘Young Person’s top tips table’.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers This chapter has been amended to highlight the transfer of foster carers to other providers, (see Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation).
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.
Adoption Service Statement of Purpose This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that Bolton are part of the ‘Adoption Now’ Regional Adoption Agency.
Local Contacts This chapter has been significantly amended and updated.
Scheme of Delegation The chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation Working Together, legislation and regulation promote the inclusion and involvement of young people in their care arrangements and decisions about their lives. This chapter provides a focus with respect to the involvement of children and young people in making decisions about their lives and contributing to improvements for other children in similar circumstances. It is essential that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally.
Early Help and Working Together Resources This chapter links to Bolton LSCB from which access to a number of key safeguarding issues can be made.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations

This chapter deals with recording of meetings/conversations by individual service-users, in their capacity as private individuals. Note that the employees of the local authority, acting in their professional capacity, are subject to different legislative requirements, e.g. under the Data Protection Act 1998.

This is a developing area, and legal advice must be sought as necessary.
Removed Chapters
  • Consultation Policy.

Next update: September 2018


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