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Amendments

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Quality Assurance and Learning Framework This chapter has been updated and should be re-read throughout.
Family Group Conference Service This document has been updated and should be re-read throughout.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 2, Age Assessment has been updated with regards to in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities was added. The statutory guidance was updated to link to the Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery – Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017). A link has also been added to information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens in the Related Guidance and Information section in relation to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens in the Related Guidance and Information section in relation to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Permanence Planning Guidance Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

Section 1, Normal Frequency has been amended to include further detail with regards to the Care Planning and Fostering (miscellaneous amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 which state in regulation 28 (3A):

  • Where a child is in a designated long-term foster placement and has been in that placement for at least one year, and the child is of sufficient age and understanding and agrees to be visited less frequently than required by paragraph (2)(c) visits after the first year may take place at intervals of not more than six months. Any decision to extend the frequency of visits as previously outlined must be agreed by the IRO at a LAC Review.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015) 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).
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Adoption Panel Minor changes have been made to this chapter including at Section 2.2, Confidentiality: Panel members are expected to keep any electronic device supplied to them safe and unavailable to any other person.
Placement for Adoption 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).
Section 1, Planning for Permanence has also been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify 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: 5.39 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Access to Records This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Deprivations of Liberty This chapter has been added to the manual.
Mental Capacity Act This link has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Induction, Information and Welcome Pack;
  • Children's Consultation and Participation.

Next Update: October 2018


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