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Amendments

March 2020

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Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Transfer of Cases Protocol Section 1, Referral and Assessment Team to Safeguarding Team has been updated throughout in line with local practice, and that section should be re-read.
Court Proceedings This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).

The first paragraph of Section 2, Starting Care Proceedings has been updated in line with local practice.
Financial Support This chapter has been amended to provide updated financial information and to reflect the current departmental structure and terminology.
Whistleblowing Policy An updated version of this local guidance has been issued.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been amended to reflect the Ofsted Twitter Blog of 24/7/19 by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. The Blog highlights feedback from a number of inspections and explores what good recording should look like. (Ofsted: developments in children’s social care – What makes an effective case record?)
Family and Friends Care Policy Section 6, Family Group Meetings (previously Family Group Conferences) has been updated.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been added to the procedures manual. It replaces the previous chapter Services for Children with Disabilities. An updated version of Process for Direct Payments has been added as Appendix 1: Process for Direct Payments.
Short Breaks In Section 1, The Legal Basis for Short Breaks, Situation 1, the time interval between reviews has been amended to every 3 months (previously every 6 months).
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds and Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been reviewed and updated. The requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s looked after review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and they must be chaired by different individuals.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to include the requirement to obtain the approval of the Assistant Director Staying Safe.
Guide to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Reviews Regulations (England) 2010 and Statutory Guidance This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been revised and updated throughout.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 which replaces the 2018 version. Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School has been amended to include reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and serious violence.

OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE has been added.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers This chapter has been amended. A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology has been updated where required. Section 3.1, Initial Action has been updated in line with local practice, and that section should be re-read.
Policy and Procedure for Parent and Child Fostering Section 8, Finance has been revised and updated.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been amended. A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records This chapter has been amended. A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.
Court Report in Adoption / Placement Order / Special Guardianship Applications Guidance This chapter has been updated to note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.
Youth Offending Team Operational Guidance An updated version of this local guidance has been added.
Local Contacts Children with Disabilities Social Work Team has been added.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers The chapter has been revised throughout. It was previously called Scheme of Delegation.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).
National Appropriate Adult Network National Standards A link has been added to this national guidance.
Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police:  Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE A link has been added to this regional guidance.
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Codes of Practice A link has been added to this national guidance.
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime A link has been added to this national guidance.

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