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

Amendments

November 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles The Children’s Services Polices, Values and Principles chapter has been updated to include a new section on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers - Statutory Guidance (February 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
Confidentiality Policy This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been substantially rewritten and should be read in its entirety
Assessment This chapter has been updated to include reference to good practice in relation to parents with learning disabilities.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline The link to the Social Work Evidence Template (SWET) has been changed to the Research in Practice website which provides additional supporting information and guidance on SWET.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated to take account that from 29th 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.
Case Records and Retention The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency. This chapter has been updated in line with the regulations.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been substantially updated and renewed to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 4, 'Moving to Another Authority'. 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.
Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds (Responding to Youth Homeless) The guidance: Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless and/or require accommodation has been updated to reflect changes in homelessness and children's legislation has been added.
Relinquished Children

This chapter has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.

Case Law - Re S (Child as parent: Adoption: consent) [2017] EWHC (Fam).

Deprivations of Liberty This is a live resource and will be kept up-to-date by tri.x as and when required in response to changes in legislation and case law.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated in line with the recent case law. Herefordshire Council v AB [2018] EWFC 10 rtf and Re S (Child as parent: Adoption: Consent) [2017] EWHC 2729 (Fam)
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.
Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been updated in line with the recent case law.

Herefordshire Council v AB [2018] EWFC 10 rtf and Re S (Child as parent: Adoption: Consent) [2017] EWHC 2729 (Fam)
Health Care Assessments and Plans This chapter has been updated to add a new section ‘Consent to Health Care Assessments’.
Leaving Care and Transition

The Leaving Care and Transition chapter has been updated and revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the C&SW Act 2017 and 3 new statutory guidance documents which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25. Also, to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'corporate parenting principles'.

It has also been updated to add clarification in relation to the definition of Qualifying Young People.

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To reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Panel This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Inter Country Adoption The Inter Country Adoption chapter has been amended in Section 8, Home Study to update the examples given of public funds and government benefits.
Adoption Case Records The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency. This chapter has been updated in line with the regulations.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This list has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Next Update: May 2019


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