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Blackpool Social Work and Safeguarding ServiceProcedures Manual

Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Contacts and Referrals

This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles. 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.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Access to Records / Subject Access Requests

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Confidentiality Policy

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

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

Family and Friends Care

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

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. (See Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks Before Placement).

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews).

Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings

Section 2, Different Types Of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

New Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated to add clarification in relation to Qualifying Young People. See Definitions. In addition this guidance has been updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.

Adoption Panel

This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).

Inter Country Adoption

Section 8, Home Study was updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Photography and Sharing Images Guidance for Photographing and Recording Children During Children’s Services Support Activities and Events

This policy has been developed for use by Blackpool’s Children’s Services. It should be used and referenced when social workers and workers in Children’s Services intent to obtain and use images of children and young people that are going to be used in Life-story work, websites and social networking sites or information leaflets on service’s or initiative’s being developed for young people. This policy can also be used to help children, parents, staff and volunteers understand how photographs can be shared more safely.

Deprivation of Liberty

A link to this resource has been added.

Mental Capacity Practice Resource

A link to this resource has been added.


Next Update: January 2019

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