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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Amendments

 

November 2021

CAPTION: November 2021
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Capacity and Consent

Section 4.3, Consent to the Use of Medication to Suppress Puberty has been updated and a new Section 5.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has been added to reflect High Court judgments. Section 2.1, Consent to Information Sharing has been updated to reflect revisions contained in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Assessments

An updated version of local guidance Allocation / Child and Family Assessment Process – Guidance (February 2021) has been added.

Transfer Policy (2021)

This policy has been updated.

Child[ren] in Need of Support

Minor amendments were made throughout in line with local practice.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council). See Section 9, Expectations of the Local Authority by the Court in particular.

Lancashire Pre Proceedings Protocol

This protocol has been updated.

Section 7 and Section 37 Reports

A link has been added to local guidance in the Local Resources section.

Complaints and Representations

This chapter has been amended to reflect the Children's Statutory Complaint Process: Guide for Practitioners (Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman) (see Relevant Guidance).

Electronic Recording of Meetings

Information has been added on recording by employees in a professional capacity, and links added to relevant guidance.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This chapter has been refreshed and updated to include links to related reports from the House of Commons Library (see Section 16, Related Guidance).

Short Breaks

Information has been added in to Section 7, Short Break Settings in relation to the prohibition on looked after children under the age of 16 being placed in 'other arrangements' placements for the purposes of a short break.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Minor amendments have been made in line with the UK’'s exit from the EEA. A link has been added to the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians Referral Form. In areas where the ICTG service has been implemented, if the social worker considers a child to be a potential victim of modern slavery, they should refer them to the ICTG service by completing the online referral form.

Section 6.1, Placement Options has been updated in relation to placements in 'other arrangements'. Section 4, Assessment has been updated in relation to Age Assessments.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout.

Family and Friends Care

A new Section 7, Education has been added and information has been added on the School Admission Code.

Relinquished Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect case-law setting out lessons for the future in non-notification cases.

Placement Stability and Disruption Meetings

This has been updated throughout.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect case-law setting out lessons for the future in non-notification cases.

Placements with Parents

Section 1, Planned Placements has been updated to add information on placements in 'other arrangements'.

Out of Area Placements

Section 6, Placements in Wales has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.

Placements Outside England and Wales

Section 3, Placements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

Information has been added into Section 3, Local Authority Accommodation in relation to children under the age of 16 being placed in 'other arrangements' placements.

Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers

A new Section 7.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has been added to reflect a High Court judgment.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

Information has been added on the School Admission Code in Section 6, When a Child Needs or Joins a New School.

Leaving Care and Transition

Section 6, Pathway Planning has been updated to note that, in relevant cases, immigration status should be included as a separate section on the Pathway Plan. This will help to ensure that young people who have been granted Pre Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme apply to convert this to Settled Status at the appropriate. Pathway Plans should contain clear information about what action needs to be taken by whom and when to ensure that the young person’s right to remain legally in the UK is not jeopardised.

Care Leaver Practice Guidance

This guidance has been updated.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship published by the Family Justice Council. See Section 6.2, Special Guardianship Applications in Care Proceedings and new Section 16, Special Guardianship Orders in International Cases. Information has been added on the School Admission Code in Section 12, The Special Guardianship Support Plan.

Scheme of Delegation (Casework)

This document has been updated.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details

Strengths Based Initial Child Protection Conferences

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Child Protection Conference Decisions and Multi-Disciplinary Working in Family Safeguarding Model

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Strengths Based Review Child Protection Conferences

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Agenda for Review Child Protection Conferences

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Suggested Questions for Parents for Review Child Protection Conferences

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Stepdown from Child Protection Plan

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.

Placements in Other Arrangements

This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.

Joint Working Agreement between Children's Social Care and Lancashire Child and Youth Justice Service

This document has been added to the procedures manual.

Removed Chapters
  • Care Planning Protocol (within the Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act and Revised Public Law Outline 2013).
Next update: April 2022

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