South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy A link to the FRG Initial Family and Friends Care has been added to Related Guidance (see above) - a good practice guide outlines what a viability assessment looks like.
Targeted Help This chapter has been updated with a new title ' Targeted Help', and should be read in its entirety.
Multi-Agency Hub Operational Procedures This chapter and the accompanying MASH process flow chart has been revised locally to reflect local policy and procedure.
Case Transfer Protocol This document has been updated and should be read in its entirety.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online Notification of serious childcare incident for local authorities form.
Case Records for Children Looked After This chapter has been revised to note the independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records.)
Young Carers

This chapter has been extensively revised with regard to providing guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment.

This chapter should be read in its entirety.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Links have been added to the DfE/DoH SEND Resources and to the Carers Trust resources on young carers. See Related Guidance.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to the NRPF page in relation to the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship is secured.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter 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. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent.)
Placements with Connected Persons A link to the Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A good practice guide has been added into Related Guidance.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds A note has been added in respect of Secure Accommodation - Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, with immediate effect, now enables local authorities to make placements in Secure accommodation under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989). (See Section 7.1, Placement Request, Identification and Approval).
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Placement for Adoption A link has been added into Related Guidance to Contact after Adoption resources, which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
Inter Country Adoption This chapter has been reviewed and revised to reflect local procedure. Appendix 1: Intercounty Adoption was added to provide guidance in relation to the procedure which applies to the initial enquiry from someone in Torbay seeking to progress an Inter Country Adoption Application.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been reviewed and updated and should be read in its entirety.
Children’s Services Scheme of Delegation This document has been reviewed and updated and should be read in its entirety.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout and should be read in its entirety.
Change of Name of a Child Looked After This chapter replaces the previous chapter with the same name and should be read in its entirety.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout and should be read in its entirety.
Deleted Chapters
  • Phone Directory for Intranet;
  • Schedule 5: Delegation of Executive Functions;
  • Schedule 6: Officer Scheme of Delegation;
  • Overarching Policy Statement for the use of the Business Tool Kit.

Next update: May 2018


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