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Amendments

 

January 2020

CAPTION: January 20
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).

Private Fostering

This chapter has been updated. It confirms in Section 14, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.

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 (see Scope Box).

Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

This chapter has been reviewed and updated. The requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s looked after review) has been emphasised. 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 they must be chaired by different individuals.

Notifications of Significant Events

This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 9, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.

Supervision and Support of Foster Carers

This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 6, Representations/Review Procedure.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation) and a link added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 10, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to incorporate references to the Adoption Register and to Adoption Match following the Adoption Register suspension and the adoption agency Adoption Match.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

A link has been added to Attending and IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 3.2, Adoption Orders made on or after 30 December 2005.

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 Tribunals Judiciary (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship applications in care proceedings).

Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

This chapter has been updated to note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court and final paragraphs 11 and 12.

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

This chapter has been added to the manual.

Next Update: July 2020

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