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GloucestershireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Amendments

October 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Children's Consultation and Participation

The related guidance section has been updated to add supporting resources with regard to children's consultation and participation.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect changes fromPractice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)’, and the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019).

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)

This chapter has been amended to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.

Supervision Policy

This policy has been revised throughout and should be read.

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.

Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Olds who May be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation

This revised chapter contains information about the duty to refer.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been amended to confirm that 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.

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.

Placements with Parents

This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure 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.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

Links to external forms and guidance have been updated.

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.

Advocacy and Independent Visitors

This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Voice Gloucestershire advocacy services for children and young people.

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended to specify the actual number of days when looked after reviews should be convened.

Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

This chapter has been reviewed to clarify the requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s looked after review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and they must be chaired by different individuals.

Notifications of Significant Events

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

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been revised to reflect the guidance contained in Keeping Children Safe In Education.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated in relation to: children who are victims of trafficking or unaccompanied asylum seeking children, relevant/former relevant young people moving to and regulated accommodation, and the role of personal advisers.

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.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A link has been added to: Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

This chapter has been updated to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been updated to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

A link has been added to: Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

This chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).

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