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Amendments

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)? has been updated.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Including Children Managed by Social Workers or Lead Professionals) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers A link to the No Recourse to public funds network (NRPF) guidance on securing citizenship for looked after children has been added and the link to statutory guidance updated.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link to the No Recourse to public funds network (NRPF) guidance on securing citizenship for looked after children has been added.
Children in Need Moving in and Out of Blackburn with Darwen - North West Regional Inter-Authority Protocol An updated version of this document has been added to the manual and should be re-read.
Notifications and Transfer of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Moving from/to Other Local Authority Areas - Local Protocol An updated version of this document has been added to the manual and should be re-read.
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning

Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent 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.

Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has also been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
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).
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
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). Section 1, Planning for Permanence has also been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

Next Update: October 2018


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