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Amendments

August 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Policy Values and Principles This chapter has been updated with a new Section 2, Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018).
Assessments This chapter has been updated to include a reference to working with parents with learning disabilities.
Children in Need This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 7, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles. Information and communication is important between the respective local authorities to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority. It should be noted that the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child lies with the local authority where the child is to be found.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order. The needs of parents who lack capacity are emphasised in links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability has been added.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This new chapter replaces the previous Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children chapter. The chapter has been developed to reflect the Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017).
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order, added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order, added by s8 Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Placements with Parents This chapter 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.
Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact was updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Holidays and School/Organisation Trips Outside the UK A link to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has been added.
Health Care Assessments and Plans This chapter has been updated to add a new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments.
Assessments and Approvals 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.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to reflect the additional consideration 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.
Inter Country Adoption This chapter has been amended in Section 8, Home Study to update the examples given of public funds and government benefits.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 A guide to the statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how to apply them in practice.

Next update: February 2019


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