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Amendments

September 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children, Families and Community Health Supervision Policy This is the latest version of this chapter.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and The Public Law Outline This chapter has been amended to reference and note the family court justice interim guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been amended to reflect the changes to the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the child safeguarding incident notification system. A link to the Wiltshire and Swindon Joint Agency Response and Child Death Protocol For Unexpected Deaths has also been added.
Missing Children Links to the updated return home interview forms have been included.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been updated to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018).
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to clarify that in After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.
Short Breaks at Preventative Level (Aiming High) This chapter has been revised throughout and includes The Short Breaks questionnaire.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the designated teacher to provide support to previously Looked After Children.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect Section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation The guidance on how to request a transfer or placement review when placing a young person in custody has been updated.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been amended to note that it does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment.
Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placing Providers

This chapter has been revised with updates to terminology and a new Appendix 2.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to ‘Relevant’ or ‘Former Relevant’ young people.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services The guidance on how to request a transfer or placement review when placing a young person in custody has been updated.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been revised and updated throughout.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated and revised. It incorporates changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018). A new section has been added with regard to Unaccompanied Migrant Children, and the role of the Virtual School Head in relation to Previously Looked After children is emphasised.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody The guidance on how to request a transfer or placement review when placing a young person in custody has been updated.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM panel information sheets.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM panel information sheets.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been revised following the arrangements with Adopt Thames Valley to provide some adoption services.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter has been revised following the arrangements with Adopt Thames Valley to provide some adoption services.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been revised following the arrangements with Adopt Thames Valley to provide some adoption services.
Adoption Support This chapter has been revised following the arrangements with Adopt Thames Valley to provide some adoption services.
Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements This chapter has been updated to clarify monitoring and support expectations.
Non Agency Adoption This chapter has been revised following the arrangements with Adopt Thames Valley to provide some adoption services.

Adoption Case Records

The guidance on security retention and sharing of records has been updated in line with Adoption And Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2018) which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency. Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an adoption order is not made.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. Template letters for the Financial allowances for SGO have been included.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.

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