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Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation This chapter has been extensively updated. It replaces the previous chapter entitled Consultation Policy and should be read throughout.
Supervision Policy This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Children Who Run Away or Go Missing/Absent From Home or Care Section 2, Responding to Missing Children Reports has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated to reflect the refreshed internal procedures for Legal Planning Meetings in Bedford Borough Children’s Services.
Short Breaks A link has been added to Friendship For All (The Children’s Society) in the Relevant Legislation and Guidance section.
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) (see Section 12, Funding Issues – Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Further Information to guidance on SEND: 19 to 25 year olds' entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
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 (see Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Family and Friends Care A link has been added in the Relevant Legislation and Guidance Section to Family Rights Group - Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A Good Practice Guide. This guide sets out best practice as to how viability assessments should be conducted.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officer This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015). In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues.
Case Escalation Process This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Health Care Assessments and Plans A link has been added to Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care - NICE Guidelines (NG26) in the Relevant Legislation and Guidance section. This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Placement for Adoption A link has been added to Research in Practice – Contact After Adoption. This contains practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
Inter Country Adoption Section 3, Initial Meeting has been updated. 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 extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Placements with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons has been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept. A link has also been added in the Relevant Guidance Section to Family Rights Group, Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A Good Practice Guide. This guide sets out best practice as to how viability assessments should be conducted.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.
Recording Policy and Guidelines Section 2, Responding to Missing Children Reports has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Case Records for Looked After Children (including Retention) This chapter has been reviewed to note the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records).
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.

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