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GloucestershireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual


February 2018

Updated Chapters
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Contacts and Referrals

This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.

Case Locking Procedure

Appendix 1: Template for Locking Cases has been updated.

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.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

This chapter has been updated with regard to the requirement 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.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

A link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children (NRPF Network) has been added to this chapter.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been updated 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.

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015) with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward.

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

This chapter has been extensively revised and should be re-read throughout.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

This chapter has been amended to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel's recommendation and final set of panel minutes.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to emphasise 'procedural fairness' as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child's Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).

New Chapters and Features
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Deprivations of Liberty

This procedure should be used by practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, where a deprivation of liberty may be occurring.

It applies to all social care practitioners carrying out any social care function with children who are receiving care or treatment in any setting.

Next Update: July 2018


2017 Amendments