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Amendments

May 2022

Caption: May 2022 amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 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 has been added into Section 7, Short Break Settings 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.
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’.
Section 4, Assessment has been updated in relation to Age Assessments.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
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.
Court Remand to Local Authority 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.
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’.
Out of Area Placements Section 6, Placements in Wales was updated in line with the updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.
Placements in Other Arrangements This chapter has been updated throughout.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated throughout.
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 Further Information) and Sexual Harassment in Education – Briefing (House of Parliament Library). (See Section 8.2, Protecting looked after children from sexual harassment and 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.
Physical Intervention A link has been added to Guidance: Positive Environments Where Children Can Flourish (Ofsted). See Further Information.
Next Step Leaving Care Policy (March 2022) This policy has been updated and should be re-read.
Comments, Complaints and Compliments This chapter has been amended to reflect the Children’s Statutory Complaint Process: Guide for Practitioners (Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman, 2021). (See Relevant Guidance).

Next update: November 2022


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