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Amendments

June 2022

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Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Capacity and Consent Section 4.3, Consent to the Use of Medication to Suppress Puberty has been updated to reflect case-law.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Recognising and Assessing Private Fostering Arrangements This chapter has been revised throughout in line with local practice.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and 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).

The link to the Local Offer has been updated.

Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated in line with the First Tier Tribunal’s extended powers to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also include education elements.
Short Breaks nformation 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 has been added into Section 7, Short Break Settings.

The link to the Local Offer has been updated.
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.
Decision to Look After This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
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 in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds and Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Section 11, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty has been updated in line with case-law.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Information in relation to children under the age of 16 being placed in ‘other arrangements’ placements has been added into Section 3, Local Authority Accommodation.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been revised in line with Public Law Working Group Best Practice Guidance. In addition, 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.
Placements in Other Arrangements This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Education of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
A Positive Approach to Working with Looked After Children A link to Guidance: Positive Environments Where Children Can Flourish (Ofsted) has been added into Section 7, Further Information.
Blood Borne Viruses - H.I.V., Hepatitis B and C This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.
Care Planning This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Court Proceedings;
  • HIV.

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