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Amendments

May 2022

CAPTION: May 2022
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Capacity and Consent Section 4.3, Consent to the Use of Medication to Suppress Puberty has been updated in line with case-law.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been revised and updated and includes links to related reports from the House of Commons Library (see Section 16, Further Information and Statutory Guidance).
Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated in line with the First Tier Tribunal’s extended powers to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also include education elements.
Short Breaks Information 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 has been added into Section 7, Short Break Settings.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery 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' and Section 4, Assessment has also been updated in relation to Age Assessments.
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 in Residential Care This chapter has been updated to add a note regarding the transfer of a child's belongings inappropriate luggage and includes a link to the NYAS My Things Matter report.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty has been updated in line with case-law.
Placements with Parents Section 1, Planned Placements has been updated to add information on placements in 'other arrangements'.
Placements Outside England and Wales Section 3, Placements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey has been updated in line with case-law and 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 in relation to children under the age of 16 being placed in 'other arrangements' placements has been added into Section 3, Local Authority Accommodation.
Education of Children with a Social Worker, 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)'; updated 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (see Scope of this Chapter) and Sexual Harassment in Education – Briefing (House of Parliament Library) (see Section 8.2, Protecting Children in Care from from Sexual Harassment 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.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to add a link to the NYAS ‘My Things Matter’ Report – support and respect care-experienced children and their belongings when they move (see Scope of This Chapter).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Placements in Other Arrangements This chapter 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.

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