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Swindon Children, Families and Community Health Procedure Manual

August 2017: Click here to view the latest changes

Welcome to the latest on-line version of Swindon Children, Families and Community Health Procedure Manual. This manual is updated regularly to ensure it contains the latest up-to-date guidance and relevant procedures for practitioners in Swindon.

The manual has been revised and updated over the last six months and several new chapters added including a revised section of health related guidance in the Resource Library. These changes are in addition to the regular checks to ensure the manual is compliant with legislation and local guidance.

The table of Amendments provides a quick overview of the main changes to the manual. As always, we work hard to ensure the manual is up-to-date and relevant, if you notice any inaccuracies, please contact your manager, Business Manager for Children, Families and Community Health. New chapters on guidance on issues relating to Placing Children under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 With Relatives, and the Adoption Service statement of purpose have been added to this manual.

An important change to note is that in Swindon we prefer the term¬†‘Children Looked After’ to describe children in the care of the Council but in these procedures we also refer to ‘Looked After Children’ or ‘LAC’ as this is how legislation and regulation refers to these children.

Please take time to familiarise yourself with the manual and its contents, for information on how to use this manual, please consult the quick guide,

We are also working to create a resource library for documents, practice guidance and forms that are in regular use, which will also link to these procedures. For further information about this project please contact Jackie Chipping.(

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