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GloucestershireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Amendments

August 2018

Updated Chapters
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Assessments

Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference to parents with learning disabilities.

Children in Need – Levels of Intervention (LOI)

Updated links to the Windscreen Continuum of Need and the levels of Intervention Policy have been added.

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

This chapter has been extensively revised and should be read.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order. The chapter has also been revised 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 Section 2, Pre-proceedings), and Practice Direction 3aa - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence (see case management in Section 4, Documentation).

Legal Planning Meetings

This chapter has been updated with updated templates for Legal Planning Meetings and a link to a Model of Assessing Risk in Child Maltreatment.

Confidentiality Policy

A link to Gloucestershire LSCB procedure for Information Sharing has been added.

Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless and/or require accommodation (GOV.UK)

The 2010 Guidance issued in response to the Southwark judgement was updated in April 2018 to reflect changes in homelessness and children’s legislation.

Family and Friends Care

This chapter has been reviewed and updated.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

Section 2.1 The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order. 

Permanence Planning Guidance

Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

Placements with Parents

This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents. (See Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement).

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended with a link to the Independent Reviewing Officers – Dispute Resolution Process.

Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings

Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.

Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK

Section 2.4, Insurance has been updated.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

New Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated to add clarification in relation to Qualifying Young People. See Section 1, Definitions.

Placement for Adoption

Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child, of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

Inter Country Adoption

Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.

Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters

Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

New Chapters and Features
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Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This chapter replaced one entitled Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children and has been expanded to include concern for migrant children and victims of modern slavery.

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