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Amendments

February 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.

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.

Permanence Planning Guidance

Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated 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.

Placement for Adoption

Section 1, Planning for Permanence was 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.

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.

January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

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.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

A link has been added to NRPF Network - Securing British Citizenship for looked after children in the Relevant Guidance and Information section.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.

Young Carers

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

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).

Health Care Assessments and Plans

Section 3.1.2, Role of the IRO in Promoting the Child's Health has been added.

Personal Care and Relationships

Section 3, Bedrooms has been updated to reflect the risk assessment in relation to sharing bedrooms should be reviewed by the supervising social worker at each visit and by the Fostering IRO through Foster Carer Reviews.

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Placement for Adoption

A link has been added to Contact After Adoption - Research in Practice.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Scheme of Delegation

An updated version has been added.


Next Update: July 2018

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(Please note these archived amendments reflect a previous version of the manual).

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