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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Amendments

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details

Continuum of Need and Thresholds Guidance

This chapter has been updated.

Assessments

This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance on Assessment in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)

This chapter has been updated to provide guidance as to how advocates should be used to support children and young people who are involved in child protection conferences.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended 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). In Related Guidance a link has been added to Research in Practice supporting information and guidance on the Social Work Evidence template (SWET).

Care Planning Protocol (within the Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act and Revised Public Law Outline 2013)

This document has been updated.

Section 7 and Section 37 Reports

This chapter has been amended to clarify arrangements for child protection plans where there are also private court proceedings.

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)

This chapter has been amended. From 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith's comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018).  It has also be reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Access to Records / Subject Access Requests

This chapter has been updated and should be read in its entirety.

Confidentiality Policy

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Electronic Recording of Meetings

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

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

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.

Family and Friends Care

This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. Please review in conjunction with the Placement with Family and Friends Protocol

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law.

Placements with Connected Persons

This chapter has been updated to incorporate the Placements with Family and Friends Protocol.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This chapter has been updated 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).

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 2.3, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated, in particular with regards to social work visits must take place at least once a week, thereafter at intervals of not more than four weeks (the statutory requirement is six weeks but in Lancashire good practice is four weeks).

Advocacy and Independent Visitors

This chapter has been updated in order to remind practitioners of the importance of considering referring to the Advocacy Agency when working with children and young people.

Looked After Children's Reviews

Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child  has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs' recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect amendments made by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. These changes relate to the status of 'previously looked after children' i.e. a previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because s/he is 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. The chapter includes a new Section 15, Mental Health and a new Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School. A link has been added to the National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2. In addition the chapter reflects the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2018, as it relates to Looked After Children and guidance regarding Data protection and safeguarding as set out in Data protection: a toolkit for schools (Open Beta: Version1.0) (August 2018).

Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 7.7, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.

Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 3.8, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.

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 Relevant National Guidance section of this chapter.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details

Children and Family Wellbeing Service

This pdf has been added to the manual and replaces the previous chapter Prevention and Early Help Service.

Section 47 Child Protection Enquiries Flowchart

This pdf has been added to the manual.

Re-escalation of cases to Childrens Social Care

This pdf has been added to the manual.

Aide memoire: A Quick Guide to the Purpose of, and good practice, in Children's Social Care's Core Tasks

This document has been added to the manual.

Multi-Agency Care Planning Protocol

This document has been added to the manual.

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 to the manual.

ART Process

This pdf has been added to the manual.

Placement Finding Process

This pdf has been added to the manual.

Protocol for Support Post 21

This document has been added to the manual.

The Role of the Personal Advisor

This pdf has been added to the manual and replaces the previous chapter The Professional Personal Advisor Teams.

Next update: October 2019

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