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Amendments

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation Related Guidance has been added to this chapter.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been amended in April 2019 to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018)). (See Section 9, Good Local Authority Practice During Proceedings).
Safeguarding Children who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviours This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read throughout.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been updated in April 2019 to fully reflect the updated guidance ‘Secure children’s homes: how to place a child aged under 13 (July 2018)’. (See Section 6, Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years).
Education of Looked After Children This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Fostering Statement of Purpose This link has been added.
Adoption Support

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 for Looked After Children, to offer support to previously looked after children.

A previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

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.

A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.

It has also been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report ‘Firm Foundations: Complaints about Council Support and Advice for Special Guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman) (May 2018)’ has been added into the Related National Guidance section of this chapter.
Local Contacts This list has been updated.
Designated Managers This list has been updated.
New Chapters
Chapter Title Detail
Supervision Order Protocol This document has been added.
Strategy Discussions and Meetings This link has been added.
Section 47 Single and Joint Agency Investigations This link has been added.
Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer This chapter has been added.
Local Protocol for supporting children and young people with SEND in Youth Custody This document has been added.

Next update: October 2019


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