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Haringey Children's Services Procedures Manual

Amendments

October 2018

Updated Chapters
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Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

A new section has been added on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.

Assessments

Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference and a link to parents with learning disabilities. Please reference.

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 4, '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. Please reference.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added 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, (see 'Pre-proceedings and Practice Direction 3AA - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence'). (See Case Management in Section 4, Documentation). Please reference.

Death or Serious Injury to a Child Cross Service Agreement Local Authority

This chapter has been updated in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children. From 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Case Records and Retention

Section 1, The Case Record has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permits the transfer of a copy of the child’s case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child. Please reference.

Access to Records

This chapter has been substantially amended, updated and re-titled to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Please reference.

Confidentiality Policy

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Safeguarding Children Guidance

This chapter has been updated by adding the link to the London Child Protection Procedures for Children Missing from Care, Home and Education. Please re-reference.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This chapter has been significantly updated to add two new sections, ‘Funding Issues – Ordinary Residence’ and ‘Further Information’:

  • Funding Issues identifies funding responsibilities for young people and adults who have received their care and support in a resource outside of the placing authorities boundaries;
  • Further Information now contains additional reading material and potential tools/resources. Add in this update are:
    • DfE/DOHC, SEND Resources for Healthcare Professionals;
    • Carers Trust (Professionals – resources and information);
    • GOV.UK, National Framework for Children and Young People’s Continuing Care.

Additionally, a link to SEND: 19 to 25 year olds’ Entitlement to EHC Plans has been added to Related Guidance, (see above). Please reference.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The chapter replaced a previous, similar chapter and was developed to reflect the ‘Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017)’ – which itself replaced statutory Guidance of 2014 regarding Unaccompanied asylum Seeing children. The chapter contains a new Section 10, Further Information which contains a range of additional links to information – such as links to the updated statutory Guidance and also includes a link to the NRPF network, Securing British Citizenship for looked after children (‘Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens’) – see ‘Further Information’ section.

Family and Friends Care

This chapter has been updated to add a link to FRG, Initial Family Assessment: A good practice Guide. Please reference.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order. Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law. Please reference.

Permanence Planning Guidance

This chapter has been updated amending Section 5 ‘Assessing and Planning for Permanence’ to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

Placements with Parents

Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include examination of the circumstances of the child becoming subject of a Care Order and identifying what has changed within the home environment. Also to acknowledge that placing should ensure therapy has been undertaken, or will be undertaken as part of the package of support, where required. (See Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement). Please reference.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those as set out in 'Normal Frequency' (see Exceptions) and to add a new section on Consequences of Visits to identify that where there is concern that a placement does not appear to meet a child’s needs, Regulation requires the IRO is informed and that the local authority reviews the child’s plan. Please reference.

Looked After Reviews

Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs’ recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed. Please reference.

Contact with Parents and Siblings

Supervised Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact and that due consideration should be given to this.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added. This distinguishes between key issues such as age of the child and competency. Please reference.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been comprehensively 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.
  • 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.

The chapter also reflects the adjustments required following the introduction of the GPDR and Data Protection Act 2018.

Please re-reference.

Assessment 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 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker, (see Minimum Fostering Standards 14).

Supervision and Support 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.

Assessment and Approvals 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.

Adoption Panel

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Please reference.

Placement for Adoption

Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that 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.

Inter Country Adoption

Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.

Adoption Case Records

Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency.

Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made. Please reference.

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.

New Chapters
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Deprivation of Liberty

A person's capacity (or lack of capacity) refers specifically to their capacity to make a particular decision at the time it needs to be made and the lack of capacity to make a decision is caused by an impairment or disturbance that affects how the mind or brain works.

Within the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice, 'children' refers to people aged below 16. 'Young people' refers to people aged 16-17. This differs from the Children Act 1989 and the law more generally, where the term 'child' is used to refer to people aged under 18.

This is a LIVE online resource; updated by tri.x as and when it needs to be in response to changes in legislation, case law and best practice. Please reference when required.

Mental Capacity

This resource seeks to support practitioners working in statutory social care and provider services to understand the Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle.

This is a LIVE online resource; updated by tri.x as and when it needs to be in response to changes in legislation, case law and best practice. Please reference when required.

Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK

This chapter has been added to the manual to merge holiday issues for both in and outside the UK for Looked After Children. Please reference when required.

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