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Haringey Children's Services Procedures Manual

Amendments

April 2018

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

This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.

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. information’. A link to Haringey Young Carers has been added. . Please re-reference.

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’).

Placements with Parents

Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated 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.

Also, 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. (See Assessment and Checks before Placement). Please re-reference.

Placements 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.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been amended to confirm that all Looked After Children who have been in their placement for 12 months or longer, will be visited at least 3 monthly, (see Section 1, Normal Frequency).

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Frequency of Looked After Reviews).

Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)

This chapter has been comprehensively revised and updated following a review of the information and has been re-titled as a result. Please re-reference.

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

This chapter has been significantly changed and now provides information on a change of name by Deed Poll. Please re-reference.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to add a new section on ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section Procedural Fairness).

In addition, a link to research in practice, Contact after adoption has been added. This provides practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans. (See Post-Placement Contact).

Further practice guidance has also been added in Planning for Guidance and Counselling and Support for Parents. Please re-reference.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to amend Section 2 Who may Apply?; to note that the court may give leave for the child to be known by a new surname and be removed from the UK for longer than 3 months (see Parental Responsibility) and to acknowledge that where the court already have a body of information and knowledge on the child and circumstances, the court can direct that only those missing aspects are required in the Special Guardianship Report. (See Report for the Court).

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