South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

Amendments

February 2019

Updated Chapters
Name of Chapter Details
Family and Friends care A link has been added to the related government guidance on Looking After Someone Else's Child.
Assessments This chapter has been revised to reflect the updated guidance on assessments in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to give some emphasis on parents who lack capacity.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018).
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs And Disabilities

This chapter has been revised 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.

A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Links to additional guidance have been revised including the age assessment guidance.
Permanence Planning Guidance

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of ‘previously Looked After Children’.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated with information about how to request a transfer or placement review.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds The Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds chapter has been updated to fully reflect the updated guidance Secure Children's Homes: How to Place a Child Aged Under 13 (July 2018).
Looked After Children and Young People in contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been updated with information about how to request a transfer or placement review.
Holidays and school trips outside the UK A link has been added to the European Health Insurance Card.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been revised to acknowledge the responsibility to previously looked after children. A link was added to the National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2.
Leaving Care and Transition The Leaving Care and Transition chapter has been updated and revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the C&SW Act 2017 and 3 new statutory guidance documents which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25. Also, to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'corporate parenting principles'. Also to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Ceasing to Look After a Child

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of ‘previously Looked After Children’. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been updated with information about how to request a transfer or placement review.
Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol The link has been updated.
Placing for Adoption: Babies and Children Relinquished by their Mother and Father The section on consent and competency has been revised to provide information about how the local authority assesses competence.
Adoption Panel This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Support This chapter has been revised in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to previously looked after children.
Adoption Reviews This chapter has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being ‘previously looked after’ when considering their educational needs. A link to DfE guidance on Promoting the Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children was also added.
Adoption Case Records The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders The Applications for Special Guardianship Orders chapter has been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report 'Firm Foundations' - good practice points to follow when working with special guardians.
Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read.
Life Story Books This chapter has been fully revised throughout.
Later Life Letters This chapter has been fully revised throughout.
New Chapters and Features
Name of Chapter Details
Deprivation of Liberty This is a live resource and will be kept up-to-date by tri.x as and when required in response to changes in legislation and case law.

Next Update: July 2019


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