Salford Children's Services Procedures Manual Salford City Council website

Amendments

November 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation This chapter has been updated. Section 8, Further Information has been added to add supporting resources with regard to children’s consultation and participation.
The Children and Families Assessment This chapter has been updated to include information on ‘Contextual’ safeguarding. (See The impact and influence of the wider family, community and Environmental factors). See Section 4, Conducting the Children and Families Assessment - Contextual Safeguarding.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).
Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care This chapter has been revised throughout to reflect revised arrangements for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been revised throughout.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been revised throughout. This local guidance includes templates and a Pathway.
Permanence Planning Policy This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of ‘previously looked after children’. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.

Children subject to an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order are entitled to support from their school, through the designated teacher.(See Section 6, Promoting Placement Stability).
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds In Section 8.1, The Application, the links to forms C1 and C20 have been updated.
Social Worker Visits Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Frequency of Visits.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been reviewed and updated. The requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s looked after review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and they must be chaired by different individuals.
Contact with Family and Friends for Looked After Children Section 1, Introduction has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Fostering Panel This chapter has been amended to take account changes to practice and the City Council Adoption Service becoming part of the consortium Adoption Counts.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Additional information has been added in to Section 4.1, Checks in relation to the application process for criminal records checks or ‘Certificates of Good Character’ for someone from overseas.

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).

An updated Appendix 1: Foster Carer’s Supervision Proforma has been added.
Review of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated throughout in line with local practice.

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Agreement for the Development of Pathway Planning for Eligible and Relevant Young People Receiving a Service from the Children and Families Team and Next Step (April 2019) An updated version of this local guidance has been added.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been amended to remove references to the Adoption Register. 

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to remove references to the Adoption Register.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to previously looked after children.

A previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales).
Adoption Reviews In Section 5, The Conduct of Adoption Reviews, bullet point 1.f has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being ‘previously looked after’ when considering their educational needs. A link to DfE guidance on Promoting the Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children has also been added.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reflect the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report ‘Firm Foundations: Complaints about Council Support and Advice for Special Guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman) (May 2018)’ has been added into the Relevant National Guidance section of this chapter.

It has also been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship Applications in Care Proceedings).
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship This chapter has been updated to note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court, sub sections 11 and 12.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.

Next update: May 2020


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