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Amendments

September 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children and Families Services Policies, Values and Principles References to additional relevant information has been added.
Interpreter and Translation Procedure This chapter has been amended to reflect a change in provider of interpreting and translation services.
Complaints and Representations This chapter has been updated to include a new section on sources of further information.
Local Contacts Local contacts has been updated.

August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy This policy has been updated with a link to the Family and Friends and Connected Persons Assessment Report form.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and The Public Law Outline This chapter has been amended to add a link to the ADCS/Cafcass ‘Agreement About How Local Authorities and Cafcass Can Work Effectively in a Set of Care Proceedings and Pre-Proceedings in the English Family Courts’.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Case Records for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to note the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Short Breaks Through Statutory Assessment (Social Care) This chapter now contains a link to Friendship For All - a website to facilitate positive social contact for children with a disability.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter was amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these.
Permanence Planning Guidance A flow chart illustrating the long term fostering process has been added.
Placements with Connected Persons This chapter has been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Parent should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter was updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) This chapter was 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. It was also amended to reflect the ADCS/Cafcass ‘Agreement About How Local Authorities and Cafcass Can Work Effectively in a Set of Care Proceedings and Pre-Proceedings in the English Family Courts’.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been updated with the new contact details for Ofsted.
Social Visits (including Overnight Stays) This is a revised version of a chapter, previously entitled. Overnight stays and social visits - it has been extensively revised and should be re-read.
Health Assessments and Health Care Plans This chapter has been updated with a link to the NICE guidance on working with attachment difficulties.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter was updated with links to the revised Leaving Care Practice manual, Practice Guidance for The Completion of Pathway Plans and Preparation for Independence Work Book and Pathway Planning Checklist.
Fostering Service Statement of Purpose The updated version has been added to the manual.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect that the safer caring plan should include any changes in household circumstances, along with any other health and safety issues, including the addition of new pets.
Foster Care "Payment for Skills" Scheme This procedure has been extensively revised and should be re-read.
Adoption Service Statement of Purpose The updated version has been added to the manual.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been updated to include where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated with a link to the Contact After Adoption website.
Inter Country Adoption This chapter has been updated to reflect the DFE guidance on intercountry adoption and resident status requirements.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been extensively revised to reflect the most recent national special guardianship guidance and links to Swindon's SGO flowchart and template for the SGO support plan have been added.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Information Sharing Guidance for Children, Families and Community Health This guidance covers the basic principles for sharing information, protecting confidentiality and dealing with losses or breaches of personal information.
Caseload Weighting Scheme This procedure explains how work loads are managed.
Notification and Transfer of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans across Swindon Borough Council Boundaries Procedure This procedure explains the responsibilities for the workers involved when a case is transferred between teams and across boundaries.

Next update: February 2018


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