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Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been amended to add a new Section on Discharge of a care Order (Section 2, Discharge of Care Order). Section 1, Procedure has also been significantly updated, particularly to note when a case should be presented to a legal planning meeting – and a new Flow Chart is provided. An Initial Statement of Evidence Pro Forma has also been included, (see Appendix 3: Initial Statement of Evidence).
Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online Notification of serious childcare incident for local authorities form. Please re-reference when required.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance), (see Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Further Information to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017); DfE/DOH Send Resources page which contains a range of resources to support the work on special educational needs and disability (SEND) and to the Carers Trust page which has information on working with young carers including assessment tools. (See Related Guidance).
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively revised with regard to providing guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment. The chapter also has a link to ‘Salford Young Carer’. Please re-reference.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This chapter has been updated by adding a link to NRPF Network – Securing British Citizenship for looked after children. (See Related Chapters and Guidance).
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Placement with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons has been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.

Additionally, two template forms are accessible, General Pet Assessment and Dog Ownership Questionnaire, (see Appendices).

Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents, and so other avenues need to be explored. Additionally, to include consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept. See also Appendix 1: General Pet Assessment template form.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been significantly updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children. Also to reflect more specifically Salford processes and procedures together with the role of the Children’s Rights service, which is provided by Barnados. (See Section 1, Introduction.)
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated, including the re-titling of the chapter, following a review of the information, in order to focus on the key issues around a Looked After Child’s social contacts.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Nice Guideline (NG26) Children’s Attachment. This guideline covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties in children and young people up to age 18 who are adopted from care, in special guardianship, looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care), residential settings and other accommodation, or on the edge of care. It aims to address the many emotional and psychological needs of children and young people in these situations, including those resulting from maltreatment. (See Relevant Guidance).
Supervision of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.

Links to General Pet Assessment and Dog Ownership Questionnaire template forms have been added.

Leaving Care This chapter has been amended to update the following documents: Salford Housing Options Point (shop) protocol - The housing options point protocol for young people; Salford housing options point (shop) protocol - The housing options point protocol for young people presenting as ‘roofless’; Salford housing options point (shop) protocol - The housing options point protocol for young people serving custodial sentences.

(See Appendices.)

Protocol with Salford College This chapter has been updated, particularly to refresh and update the contact details of ‘Next Step’, Connexions and Salford College (see Appendix A: List of Contact Names and Addresses), and to acknowledge that all young people who have a Next Step worker will have a Personal Education Plan (PEP), (see Section 2.2, Joint Working with Individual Young People already in College).
Next Step Finance Policy The chapter has been updated to show the current financial allowances and criteria, etc. Please re-reference.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been extensively updated following a review of the information, in order to focus on the key issues around a Looked After Child changing their name.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard 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.

Note also links to First4Adoption and Adoption Match have replaced the National Gateway for Adoption and Adoption Register. The procedure for the Independent Review Mechanism is carried out by Coram Children's Legal Centre on behalf of the Department for Education.

Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Research in Practice, ‘Contact after adoption’ and seeks to support practitioners on making positive post-adoption contact plans. Please reference as required.
Designated Managers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation Working Together 2015 states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: ‘’a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.’’

It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally.

Junior Individual Saving Accounts for Looked After Children (DfE Guidance) This chapter links to the DfE website, (which was updated in January 2017) which provides statutory guidance for Junior ISAs and savings for children. Children who have been in local authority care for 12 months or more and who are not eligible for a Child Trust Fund are entitled to a £200 payment from the government into a Junior ISA. Currently, £4128 pa can be saved into a Junior ISA.
Protocol between Salford Youth Offending Service and Salford Next Steps Service This chapter seeks to promote good and consistent practices between Salford Youth Offending Service and Salford Next Steps Service in managing joint cases, by establishing an agreed response from both services in respect of the provision of Services. Please reference.
Salford National Probation Service, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company Local Delivery Unit and Salford Leaving Care Service This local protocol has been developed following the OFSTED Salford Children Services in June 2015 to ensure young people known to the Salford Leaving Care service (Next Step) are supported fully and appropriate information shared between agencies when working with young people under the supervision of Salford NPS and Salford CRC. Please reference.


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