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Amendments

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Contacts and Referrals

This chapter has been updated to reflect that when seeking to share information with other agencies, due consideration should be given to the statutory guidance in Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners, (see Section 3, Management Action).

The update also includes updated MASH and Early Help referral forms, (see Section 1, Contacts and Referrals).
Southwark Safeguarding Children Board Protocol for Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation

This chapter has been amended to include a link to the London Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol. (See Relevant Guidance). Note however that the Southwark Safeguarding Children Board Protocol for Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation is currently under review.

Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to include the Private Fostering Statement of Purpose.
Family Group Conferences This chapter has been comprehensively updated to reflect the Family Rights Group accreditation and Standards processes for family group conferences. The chapter includes details of the Standards, (see Relevant Guidance), and describes the 3 elements of the process: Information Giving, Private Family Time and Presenting/Agreeing the Family Plan. The chapter also includes the Referral Form and template referrer report, (see Appendix 1: Family Goup Conference Referral Form and Appendix 2: Referrer/Social Work Report for Family Group Conference).
Placement with Parents This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents. (See Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement). Also to acknowledge the Care Plan should include support to the child together with possible theraputic /counselling interventions to support the placement. (See Section 1.4, Relevant Plans).
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).
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans This chapter has been updated to add a link to NICE guidance Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care, NG26. This guideline covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties in children and young people up to age 18 who are adopted from care, in special guardianship, looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care), residential settings and other accommodation, or on the edge of care. It aims to address the many emotional and psychological needs of children and young people in these situations, including those resulting from maltreatment.
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).
Applications for Special Guardianship This chapter has been further amended and re-drafted particularly with regard to Section 2, Who may Apply?
Looked After Children Who have their Own Funds This chapter has been amended to add a link to ‘DfE, Junior individual saving accounts for looked after children – Statutory guidance for local authorities’ (see Relevant Guidance) and to acknowledge that the maximum that can be saved in a Junior ISA from April 2018 is £4260 pa. (see Section 3.3, Who can pay money into Junior ISAs?).
Change of Name This chapter has been significantly changed and now provides information on a change of name by Deed Poll. (See Section 2, Changing a Name with the Agreement of those with Parental Responsibility).
Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to add links to: DoH&SC, Guidance – SEND resources for healthcare professionals (2016) and Carers Trust Professionals, Young Carers Assessment Tools.
Children with Disabilities This chapter has been updated to add Statutory visits to children with special educational needs and disabilities or health conditions in long-term residential settings - Statutory guidance for local authorities, health bodies and health or educational establishments, (DfE/DoH, November 2017). (See Related Guidance).
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. A link to IMAGO Southwark Young carers has also been added in ‘Local information’.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers This chapter has been updated to provide a link to NRPF network, Securing British Citizenship for looked after children (Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens). Note also the updated statutory guidance ‘Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery Statutory guidance for local authorities (DfE, November 2017)’.
Children Living Away From Home (Children Act 1989 Section 85) Procedure This chapter has been updated to add Statutory visits to children with special educational needs and disabilities or health conditions in long-term residential settings Statutory guidance for local authorities, health bodies and health or educational establishments, (DfE/DoH, November 2017). (See Related Guidance).


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