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Amendments

April 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction was updated to take account of the change of definition in: Child sexual exploitation Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation, Department for Education, February 2017.
Children Who Run Away or Go Missing/Absent From Home or Care Section 2, Responding to Missing Children Reports was extensively updated and should be read throughout. Section 4, Children Missing Flowchart was also updated.
Single Assessment This chapter was updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted ‘good practice steps’ to undertaking assessments and issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth, including the assessment process.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter was updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted what were thought to be ‘good practice steps’ to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth. (See Section 3.1, Pre-birth Planning and Proceedings).
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter was updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge set out what were thought to be ‘basic and good practice steps’. (See Section 2, Considerations) Appendix 1: LPM Flow Chart and Appendix 2: LPM2 Process were added.
Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings Section 1, Placement Panning Meeting was updated to reflect that the Team Manager will chair the first Placement Panning Meeting and a Placement Planning Meeting is required when a decision is made about matching, and the decision to progress to matching must be clearly recorded in the minutes. The Team Manager must be present at a Placement Planning Meeting where matching is being decided.
Placements in Secure Accommodation This chapter was amended to acknowledge the President of the High Court’s judgement regarding applications in English courts for Secure Accommodation placements in Scotland. (See Section 4.1 Placement Request, Identification and Approval).
Looked After Reviews This chapter was amended to note The Law Society guidance ‘Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings’ and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative. (See Section 8, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter was updated to clarify the level of parental responsibility extended to the Special Guardian. Further detail was added to Section 2, Who may Apply? with regard to who may apply for Special Guardianship.
Staying Put Supported and Staying Put Lodgins Carers A link was added to Staying Put: What does it mean for you? (Catch 22 National Care Advisory Service). This is a booklet for care leavers, regarding staying with their foster carer after the age of 18, and the duties of the local authority to provide support.
Case Records for Looked After Children (including Retention) A note with regards to the Goddard Inquiry and retention of records was added.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Complex Strategy Meetings - Practice Guide This Practice Guide has been added.
Strategy Meetings - Practice Guide The purpose of this Practice Guide is to emphasise some key approaches from the BBSCB Procedures to undertaking a Strategy Meeting. This should be read alongside the full BBSCB Child Protection Enquires Procedure.
Transfer Protocol - A Protocol for the Transfer of Cases between Teams within the Children's Social Care Service This guidance outlines the transfer process for all cases from the point of referral.


Next Update: October 2017


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