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Amendments

August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Family and Friends Care Policy A link has been added to the FRG Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment. This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Case Records and Retention This chapter has been updated in and should be re-read throughout
Private Fostering Arrangements This chapter has been updated in and should be re-read.
Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Safeguarding Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been significantly updated and should be re-read throughout.
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 (December 2016). Links were added to DfE/DoH SEND Resources which contains a range of resources to support the work on special educational needs and disability (SEND) and a link to the Carers Trust, which has information on working with young carers including assessment tools.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these.
Placement with Connected Persons This chapter has been updated to incorporate the importance of an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept, when placing a child with a Connected Person. A link has been added into Related Guidance to the FRG Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: a good practice guide. This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been extensively revised and includes updates in respect of Secure Accommodation – Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, than now enables local authorities to make placements in Secure Accommodation under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989). See Section 7, Planned Placements.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks Before Placement was updated to include consideration of the safety for the child of the home environment and where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors A link has been added to Advocacy Services for Children and Young People. This guide makes clear the legislative requirements of local authorities with regards to providing advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Social Visits (including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively revised following a review of the information. The title of the chapter has been re-named to Social Visits (including Overnight Stays).
Fostering Statement of Purpose This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated in line with local processes.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been significantly updated in and should be re-read.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters (Adoption North London) This chapter has been updated to include information on risk assessments of pets in the home environment and associated risks with regard to the pet and where the pet is kept.
Placement for Adoption - Parental Consent A link has been added to the Contact After Adoption site, which provide support materials for practitioners working on making positive post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact planning for their child.
Placement for Adoption - No Parental Consent/Court Proceedings A link has been added to the Contact After Adoption site, which provide support materials for practitioners working on making positive post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact planning for their child.
Inter-Country Adoption This chapter has been updated as follows: Section 3, Initial Meeting, the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances. In Section 4, Formal Approval, a link has been added to Intercountry adoption: means test form which contains information on how to apply for a fee reduction for people who wish to adopt a child from overseas and who earn £45,000 per year or less. In Section 12, After Approval information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption Forms: checklist for adoption which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been significantly amended and should be re-read throughout.
Local Contacts This list was updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation

Working Together 2015 states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: ‘’a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.’’

It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally.
Young Carers This chapter provides guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment.
Relinquished Children

The term 'relinquished child' is used to describe a child, usually a baby or at pre-birth stage, whose parents are making the choice of adoption for the child.

This chapter deals with the first stages of the adoption process for relinquished children, whilst signposting other key processes that should be progressed and which are expected for any child who is Accommodated or where the plan is for adoption. It also summarises the counselling and support that will be made available to the birth family in these circumstances. Once a decision is made and consent is formally given, although not irreversible, the adoption process is as for any other child.

Next update: February 2018


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