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

Amendments

November 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Plymouth Caseload Policy This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in its entirety.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Courts and Tribunal Judiciary, May 2019).
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Notification System.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to confirm that after the private fostering arrangement ends that any request for support from the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is provided.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery A new Section 6, Suitable Placements has been added. Details of the National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Version 2.0 March 2018 have also been added.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds In Section 8, Applying for a Secure Accommodation Order the Application Forms CS and C20 have been amended.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment.
Social Worker Visits to Children in Care A link has been added to the Leaving Care and Transition chapter in relation to Personal Adviser visits to 'Relevant' or 'Former Relevant' young people.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been updated to clarify the requirement for a clear separation of reviews. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and must be chaired by different individuals.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in its entirety.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated and revised throughout. It incorporates changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018). A new section has been added with regard to Unaccompanied Migrant Children, and the role of the Virtual School Head in relation to Previously Looked After children is emphasised.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to add information with regard to a care leaver's status as a victim of trafficking or UASC when preparing an assessment of need. Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans has been amended in relation to Relevant/Former Relevant young people moving to 'unregulated' accommodation. Section 8, Personal Advisers has been amended in relation to frequency of visits by Personal Advisers.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) and Section 8, After the Assessment, has been substantially updated.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter replaces the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety. It contains detail in relation the the foster carer's role and responsibilities with respect to the Fostering National Minimum Standards - Notification of Significant Events and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulation 2011.
Review and Termination of Foster Carers A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters References to the Adoption Register and to Adoption Match have been amended following the Adoption Register suspension and the adoption agency Adoption Match (at the end of March 2019). A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
Placement for Adoption References to the Adoption Register and to Adoption Match have been amended following the Adoption Register suspension and the adoption agency Adoption Match (at the end of March 2019).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Courts and Tribunal Judiciary, May 2019).
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Courts and Tribunal Judiciary, May 2019).
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This new chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).
Persons Disqualified from Fostering

This new procedure applies to all new applications for approval as foster carers and to all foster carers who have already been approved as foster carers.

A person is disqualified from acting as a foster carer for the agency (unless a relative of the child or already acting as a foster carer) if s/he or any adult member of the household has been cautioned for or convicted of a specified offence committed at the age of 18 or over.

Next Update: May 2020


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