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Amendments

May 2020

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Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Assessments This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019).
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been updated to reflect the twitter blog by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care, which explores what a good recording should look like.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to draw attention to OFSTED's advice that LAs should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DfE.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been updated to clarify the requirement for a clear separation of reviews. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and must be chaired by different individuals.
Notifications of Significant Events This procedure has been updated to reflect revised guidance issued by Ofsted to Children’s Homes Providers in August 2019. The revised guidance sought to clarify what is meant by a ‘serious event’ in relation to a child living in a Children’s Homes with the aim of reducing the overall number of notifications made to Ofsted, and in particular reducing the number of repeat notifications made as a result of submitting additional / updated information.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018). Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School includes a refence to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and a new Section 8.5, Serious Violence. Information was added to reflect OFSTED's advice that LAs should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE.
Leaving Care and Transition A link to the Leaving Care Local Offer has been added
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to add detail in relation to the foster carer's role and responsibilities with respect to the Fostering National Minimum Standards - Notification of Significant Events and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulation 2011.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers This chapter has been amended to reflect local guidance and a link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed where required.
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link has bee added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019).
Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019).
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been added to the manual.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter has been added to the manual.
Direct Payments This chapter has been added to the manual.
Deprivation of Liberty This chapter has been added to the manual.
Mental Capacity This chapter 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.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children This chapter has been added to the manual.

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