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February 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Transporting Children This chapter has been revised to link with the Government Website “Child Car Seats: The Law”.
Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Looked after Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children Related Legislation and Related Guidance listings have been add to this chapter.
Notification of Significant Events The telephone number quoted in this chapter for the Ofsted Business Unit has been updated.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews).
Assessment, Approval and Review of Foster Carers Section 7, Approval of Foster Carers has been updated to clarify that 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 – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Placement for Adoption - Parental Consent 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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Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children (NRPF Network) A link has been added to the manual.

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