South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been reviewed and substantially updated. It should be read in its entirety. However, there are sections in the chapter that are currently being developed and it is planned these will be finalised at the next update. In the meantime if you are uncertain as to what you need to do please check with your manager.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted Online Notification of serious childcare incident for local authorities form.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016). (See Section 13, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link was added into Related Guidance to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This chapter was updated when a link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children was added.

The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Young Carers This new chapter replaces the previous chapter of same name. It should be read in its entirety.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been updated in respect of Secure Accommodation - Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, that now enables local authorities to make placements in Secure Accommodation under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989).
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter was updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter replaced the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety.
Placement for Adoption This chapter was updated when a link to Contact After Adoption was added. This offers 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.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter replaced the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Case Records and Retention This new chapter replaces the previous chapter of same name. It should be read in its entirety.
Children's Services - Retention of Records Table This new chapter sets out in table form the requirements for the retention of records. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry under Section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005. There is therefore an obligation to preserve all records for the Inquiry for as long as is necessary.
Private Fostering This new chapter replaces the previous chapter of same name. It should be read in its entirety.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been renamed, reviewed and substantially updated. It should be read in its entirety.
Inter Country Adoption This new chapter replaces the previous chapter of same name. It should be read in its entirety.
Deleted Chapters
  • Local Contacts
  • External Contacts;
  • Plymouth Children's Centres - Cluster Contract Leads & Managers.

Next Update: May 2018


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