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September 2018

Updated Chapters
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Children and Families Services Policies, Values and Principles


A new section has been added on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018).

Care and Supervision Proceedings and The Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability, (see Pre-proceedings and Practice Direction 3aa - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence) and a replacement link in Related Guidance to Research in Practice supporting information and guidance on the Social Work Evidence template (SWET).

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)

From 29 June 2018, local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Missing Children

This chapter contains links to the updated joint Wiltshire and Swindon Missing Children protocol and the relevant forms and templates.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Under 16

This chapter has been updated with regards to in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities was added. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.

Children in Need Procedures

A new section on moving to another authority has been added and clarification about roles and tasks throughout.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those the normal frequency.

Health Assessments and Health Care Plans

A new section Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A new process of Annual Review of Fostering which provides timescales for the Review has been included.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been updated with links to the Agency Decision Maker (ADM) Process at Commencement of Proceedings and for Best Interest Decisions.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

A Guide to the Statutory Principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

This resource will support practitioners working in statutory social care and provider services to understand the Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle.

Deprivation of Liberty

An online resource which provides guidance to anyone who is working with and/or caring for people who may lack capacity to make particular decisions.

Joint Housing Protocol for Care Leavers

This has been updated.

Removed Chapters
  • Leaving Care and Transition.

Next update: October 2018


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