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GloucestershireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual



April 2020

CAPTION: April 2020
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This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.

Applications for Emergency Protection Orders

The guidance on how to apply for an EPO has been extensively revised.

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. The Blog highlights feedback from a number of inspections and explores what good recording should look like. (Ofsted: developments in children’s social care – What makes an effective case record?)

Case Records and Retention

The link to Childrens Services Retention of Records guidance has been updated.

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.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.

Notifications of Significant Events

This procedure has been updated to reflect revised guidance issued by Ofsted to Children’s Homes Providers in August 2019. The revised guidance sought to clarify what is meant by a ‘serious event’ in relation to a child living in a Children’s Homes with the aim of reducing the overall number of notifications made to Ofsted, and in particular reducing the number of repeat notifications made as a result of submitting additional / updated information.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 which replaces the 2018 version. Section 8 has been amended to include reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and serious violence.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

The contents of the Related Guidance section has been revised.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

Related Guidance section has been added.

Allegations Against Foster Carers

This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology was updated where required, and links to Local Guidance have been added.

Local Contacts

These have been corrected to reflect the organisation of the Department.

Scheme of Delegation

This has been updated the latest version.

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