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Amendments

May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Initial Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been revised throughout to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals, including information sharing.
Missing from Home Service This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect the changes that have been undertaken by adding additional information about the Missing from Home Service (see Section 7, Missing from Home Service) and Missing from Home Operational Meeting (see Section 8, Missing from Home Operational Meeting). Please note the expectation that return home interviews will be completed within 72 hours.

Note also the revised College of Policing definition of ‘Missing’ and ‘Absent’ (See Section 2, Definitions).
Emergency Duty Team This chapter has been amended to reflect the current organisational structure and to note the service hours have changed, (see Section 3, EDT Resources and Organisation).
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 7, Establishing the Child’s Identity and Age has been updated to identify that in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments. Note also, updated statutory guidance Care of Unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery (2017) has been linked to, (see Relevant Chapters and Guidance).
Joint Protocol between Housing Services and Children’s Services for 16 and 17 Years Olds This chapter has been updated to provide a link to the current Guidance ‘Prevention of homelessness and provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year old young people who may be homeless and/or require accommodation - Guidance to children’s services authorities and local housing authorities about their duties under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989 and Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 to secure or provide accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year old young people, (Min. of Housing, Communities and Local Govt. / DfE, April 2018)’. This  guidance identifies the respective roles of Children’s and Housing services and emphasises joint working and strategic planning. An Annex identifies ‘Factors to be considered by children’s services when assessing 16-17 year olds who may be children in need’. Please re-reference.
Placement with Connected Persons This chapter has been updated to a link to the Family Rights Group, Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A good practice guide, (see Relevant Guidance). This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Statutory Reviews for Looked After Children Policy and Guidance This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Timescales).

Note also that paperwork is required 48 hours in advance (see Section 5, Types of Review) and the Children’s Right Service contact details have been updated, (see Section 6, Participation and Consultation).
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Leaving Care

This chapter has been substantially amended to reflect the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on the Leaving Care Services and Care leavers. Particularly:

  • The Local Offer - all local authorities must publish up-date information about the services it offers for care leavers and other services which may assist care leavers in, or preparing for, adulthood and independent living. (This is to follow);
  • Corporate parenting: the Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes 7 Corporate Parenting Principles, which should include and involve not only the Local Authority providing Children’s Social Care services, but also District Councils (where appropriate) and partner agencies;
  • Continuing Support Up to the Age of 25: all Care leavers between the ages of 21 and up to 25 will be entitled to support irrespective of whether they are in education or training. Even when they may not initially choose such support, they can return and seek support, which can be provided on specific issues or on a more comprehensive basis where this is needed.
Relevant and Former Relevant Review Policy This chapter has been reviewed and amended throughout to note particularly that: where possible the Relevant and Former Relevant review Officer will attend the last LAC review; the reviewing officer will seek to ensure an updated Pathway Plan is available for the review and regular contact is taking place between the young person and their worker, (see Section 3, Statement of Common Objectives and Outcomes); and former relevant reviews will be held on a 6 monthly basis, (see Section 4, Relevant and Former Relevant Review Process).

Note: Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 care leavers aged 21 up to 25 have an entitlement to access continuing support following a discussion with their Personal Adviser, or can return later during this period, irrespective of whether they are in education or training.
Next Step Finance Policy This policy has been updated. Please re-reference.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Deprivations of Liberty These procedure links to a tri.x site and provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people.   Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care, or cared for away from home in other settings, may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.

This is a developing area, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate.  If you are uncertain as to whether a case may involve a deprivation of a child’s/young person’s liberty, you should seek legal advice.
Mental Capacity The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is pertinent to those young people over 16; the chapter seeks to offer guidance on key and relevant issues.
Leaving Care Service Transgender Policy This chapter seeks to reflect Salford’s Leaving Care Service good practice in the field of Transgender. It provides considerable explanation of the issues and has a useful glossary. It also has link to the ‘Government Equalities Office/gender intelligence, Providing services for transgender customers – A guide’ and ‘Transgender Trend – parents questioning the trans narrative’ (see Section 5, Further Information). The chapter also highlights the relevant legislation which underpins an ‘equalities’ approach. Please reference.
Removed Chapters
  • Universal Assessments Guidance.


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