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Amendments

February 2021

Caption: Amendments February 2021
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Complaints and Representations Information contained in this procedure has been reviewed and refreshed as required to reflect processes for responding to complaints in Blackburn with Darwen. A new table summarising the timescales in place at Stage 3 has been added at Section 8.1, Summary of Stage 3 Timescales and a new Section 9, Withdrawing a Complaint has also been added.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This guidance has been reviewed and extensively updated.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Section 6, Placements of Children under 13 Years has been updated following publication of revised DfE guidance.
Notifications of Significant Events This procedure has been updated to reflect the latest Ofsted guidance for social care providers on the types of incident which they consider to be serious and which will therefore require notification to the regulatory authority. New sections on the quality of notifications and learning from notifications have also been added.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Capacity and Consent In this new chapter, guidance is offered in relation to the various situations in which consent is likely to be sought, with reference to previous legal judgements. This is a potentially complex practice arena and if the practitioner is in any doubt about gaining consent they should always seek further advice from managers and legal advice must be sought as necessary.
Storage of Data on Electronic Devices

This new chapter provides guidance on the storage of personal data (including photographs) on mobile devices. 'Personal data' is any information about an identifiable living individual.

'Mobile devices' includes memory sticks, mobile telephones including smartphones, tablet technologies, netbooks and laptops.
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff The use of social media in a social care and safeguarding environment is a developing area. Cases and reviews have discussed the use of social media in social work practice. There is, however, currently no specific government guidance on the issue. This new chapter is designed to highlight some of the issues to be considered, with links to additional information. It is not intended to provide any legal advice, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate. Local Authorities and Courts may have local protocols in place on the use of social media/service of documents.
Next Update: August 2021

August 2020

Caption: Amendments August 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Assessments This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery to the NRM.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.

February 2020

Caption: Amendments February 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Blackburn with Darwen Children's Advice and Duty (CADS) Practice Guidance This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Blackburn with Darwen Children's Social Needs and Risk - Local Assessment Protocol This protocol has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Strategy Discussions and Section 47 Guidance This chapter has been updated and should be re-read throughout.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This procedure 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).
Recording Policy and Guidelines This chapter has been updated to reflect the Ofsted Twitter Blog of 24/07/2019 by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. The Blog highlights feedback from a number of inspections and explores what good recording should look like. (Ofsted: developments in children's social care – What makes an effective case record?).
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities An update has been made in Section 1, Principles to draw attention to OFSTED's advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DFE. The same diligence should be exercised on behalf of pupils with SEN.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended. 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.
Securing Sufficient Accommodation for Looked After Children and Care Leavers 2019 - 2021 This chapter was formally known as Securing Sufficiency for Looked After Children and has been replaced with the Sufficiency Statement 2019 – 2021 Securing Sufficient Accommodation for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.
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 of This Chapter).
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.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Operational Protocol Between Children's Services (Social Care, Leaving Care) and the Youth Justice Service This chapter has been updated in line with local processes.
Assessments 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.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology has been updated where required.
Assessment and Approval 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). A link has also been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 10, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 7.13, Inter Agency Placements and Section 11, Children Approved for Adoption for Whom no Placement has been Identified).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council 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 Justice Council Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court and final sections 11 and 12.
Contact Details for Safeguarding and Child Protection Concerns and Referrals These details have been updated.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This new chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).