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Blackpool Social Work and Safeguarding ServiceProcedures Manual

Amendments

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.


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