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Amendments

May 2020

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Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Assessment Procedure This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council, May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).
Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities An update has been made in Section 1, Principles 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.
Looked After Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children This chapter has been updated in order to reflect changes made to the system for reporting potential victims of modern slavery.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been significantly reviewed and updated. Therefore, it should be read in its entirety.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews (SAR) This chapter has been reviewed and updated. 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.
Education of Looked-after Children 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, Safeguarding the Looked-After Child at School has been amended to include reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and serious violence.

In Section 1, Duty to Promote the Educational Achievement of Looked-After and Previously Looked-After Children, OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE has been added.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology was updated where required.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 6, Representations/Review Procedure.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters (Adoption North London) A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 10, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 3.2, Adoption Orders made on or after 30 December 2005.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019) (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship applications in care proceedings).
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship This chapter has been updated to note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Courtand final paragraphs 11 and 12.

Next update: October 2020


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