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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Amendments

 

June 2022

CAPTION: June 2022
   
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Decision to Look After and Care Planning

The Lancashire Care Planning Protocol has been added.

Staying Put Policy

Staying Put Policy has been updated.

May 2022

CAPTION: May 2022
   
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Permanence Policy

This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.

April 2022

CAPTION: April 2022
   
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Contacts and Referrals

Guidance contained in this chapter has been reviewed and updated as required to reflect guidance from the refreshed Working Together to Safeguard Children. A link to the updated Assessment and Planning Framework – Family Safeguarding has been added.

Lancashire Guidance on Chronologies

This guidance has been updated and should be re-read.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.

Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings

This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.

Notification of Significant Events

The document Notification of Significant Event has been updated.

Supervision Policy

This policy has been updated and should be re-read.

Electronic Recording of Meetings

Part 1 of this chapter has been updated in line with case-law.

Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff

This chapter has been given a general refresh.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation has been revised in line with the Public Law Working Group (PLWG) Recommendations to Achieve Best Practice in the Child Protection and Family Justice Systems.

Placements with Parents

A link has been added to the Public Law Working Group Best Practice Guidance.

Children in our Care Reviews

This chapter has been given a refresh in line with local guidance. The Problem Resolution Process has been updated and is now the Outcome Resolution Process.

Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers

This chapter has been refreshed throughout in line with local guidance.

Secure Accommodation Reviews

This chapter has been given a refresh in line with local guidance.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been significantly amended to reflect the ‘Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021)’; updated ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (see Scope Box) and Sexual Harassment in Education – Briefing (House Of Parliament Library, June 2021). (See Section 8.2, Protecting looked after children from sexual harassment and peer on peer abuse).

The chapter has also been amended to reflect Promoting the Education of Children with a Social Worker: Virtual School Head Role Extension.

Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK

This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.

Restrictive Physical Intervention

A link has been added to Ofsted Guidance: Positive Environments Where Children Can Flourish.

Life Story Work

The Lancashire County Council Life Story Work Procedure has been updated.

New Chapters and Features
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Multi-Agency Pre-Birth Protocol - Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership

This protocol has been added to the manual.

Supervision Procedure

This procedure has been added to the manual.

Supervision Guidance

This guidance has been added to the manual.

Care Leavers Joint Housing Protocol

This protocol has been added to the manual.

Staying Put Policy

This policy has been added to the manual.

Next update: November 2022

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