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March 2020

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Practice Framework and Principles The Framework and Principles have been updated and should be re-read.
Performance Management and Quality Assurance Framework The Performance Management And Quality Assurance Framework procedure has been updated.
Swindon Safeguarding Children’s Partnership Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance - The Right Help at the Right Time This Threshold Guidance has been updated.
Assessment Links and information about the AIM3 assessment process have been added.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and The Public Law Outline A link to the local authority template for a Section 7 report has been added - other links have been updated.
Notifications of Serious Incidents / Need to Know Policy This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read.
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.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to draw attention to OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DFE. The same diligence should be exercised on behalf of pupils with SEN.
Child Protection Plans - Lead Social Worker Role and Responsibilities This chapter has been updated with additional guidance regarding core group practice.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated with the current version of the Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of Local Authority Accommodation for Children & Young People (10-17 years) following Police bail or being denied bail.
Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placing Providers The link to the local offer has been revised.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been updated and the need 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.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been revised in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019.
Adopt Thames Valley – Statement of Purpose The Statement of Purpose for Adopt Thames Valley has been updated.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 7.13, Inter Agency Placements and Section 11, Children Approved for Adoption for Whom no Placement has been Identified).
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link was added to Attending and IRM Panel: information sheets has been added.
Court Reports in Adoption / Special Guardianship Guidance This chapter has been updated to note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Financial Procedure This chapter contains guidance for requesting financial support for children and families in a variety of different circumstances.
Escalation Policy This chapter contains the Escalation Policy and Escalation Policy Referral Form.
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).
Removed Chapters
  • Sexually Harmful Behaviour.

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