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August 2021

CAPTION: August 2021
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Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody

This chapter has been updated to reflect the Section 2.6 Care leavers leaving custody in Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) 2020. (See Section 3.9 Planning for Release).

July 2021

CAPTION: July 2021
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Capacity and Consent

Information has been added in relation to NICE Quality Standard: Decision-Making and Mental Capacity. Section 4.3, Consent to the Use of Medication to Suppress Puberty has been updated and a new Section 5.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has been added. Section 2.1, Consent to Information Sharing has also been updated to reflect revisions contained in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Assessments and Support

A new section on 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation has been added to reflect the issue of Homelessness and the vulnerability of young people as identified in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Managing Decision Making in Relation to Legal Proceedings within Social Care - Guidance for Staff

This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect processes in place locally for the convening and holding of Care Planning Meetings.


This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated.

Concerns Resolution Protocol

This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect local processes for the resolution of concerns.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated to reference recent case-law holding that, as part of the mediation process, a parent/child/young person is entitled to bring along any supporter they wish, including a lawyer.

Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer

A link the publication Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: Good Practice Advice (DfE and MHCLG) has been added. The publication seeks to support the development of joint protocols that can help local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers (see Section 4, Housing Protocols for Care leavers).

Placements in Foster Care

This procedure has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect processes in Blackpool for requesting and matching children with foster suitable homes.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty When One or More of the Relevant Criteria Under Section 25 Children Act 1989 are Not Satisfied has been added.

Advocacy and Independent Visitors

This guidance has been updated throughout to reflect the role of Independent Children and Young People's Independent Advocates in Blackpool.

Persons Disqualified from Fostering

Section 2, New Applications has been updated to include additional details on the types of offences considered serious and which would therefore require consideration by the Fostering Panel.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

This procedure has been reviewed and updated.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout and information added on applying for a copy of a birth certificate online.

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Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

This new policy applies when a child or care leaver is discharged from hospital after having been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Next Update: January 2022


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