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June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge in that case highlighted what were thought to be ‘good practice steps’ to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth (see Section 3.1, Pre-birth Planning and Proceedings for full details).
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation This guidance has been updated to reflect the revised definition of Child Sexual Exploitation published by the Department for Education in February 2017. See Section 1, Introduction for further details.
Short Breaks This guidance has been fully updated to bring it in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, DfE, Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years Statutory Guidance for Organisations who work with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (2015) and DfE, The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulation - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations (2015)
Placements in Residential Care This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Placements with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Children in Care with Connected Persons has been updated to include that one of matters to be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets in the household, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This guidance has been extensively amended and now includes new/enhanced sections on 'Applications for Secure Accommodation'; 'Children to Whom Section 25 Applies', (including the issues of children aged 16 years and Section 20 Accommodation); 'Placements for Children aged under 13 years' and 'Support, Monitoring and Ending of Placements' etc.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include a note that, when assessing whether the home environment is safe for the child, consideration should be given to the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Responding to Children and Young People who go Missing from Placement This document, which sets out how to respond when a Child in Care is missing from their placement, has been updated to reflect the revised College of Policing (2016) guidance on the investigation of missing people.
Children and Young People in Care Reviews This chapter has been updated to note The Law Society guidance ‘Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings’ and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative (see Section 7, Supporters and Interpreters for full details).
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This guidance in relation to social visits and overnight stays for children placed with foster carers has been reviewed and extensively updated.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers The following information has been added into Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) - The Safer Care Policy should be updated as required to reflect any changes in household circumstances and any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets to the household and the environment in which the pets are kept.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include that, where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account both in relation 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.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to include details of the Adoption Support Fund which now also covers therapeutic support for children, living in England, who were in care immediately before the making of a Special Guardianship Order - see Section 9, Special Guardianship Support for further information.
Special Guardianship Order Support This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Child Protection Cases and the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) This new chapter explains the role of the Family Drug and Alcohol Service and Family Drug and Alcohol Court in supporting substance misusing parents to achieve abstinence and thereby be better able to provide safe and effective care for their children.
Recording Standards This document which contains the standards, expectations, roles and responsibilities for case recording applicable to Children’s Social Care staff and managers has been completely rewritten and should be read in full. The standards relate to both the timeliness and the quality of the recording.

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