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December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Young Carers This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to provide additional detail on local authority duties to identify and support young carers.
Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child Looked After This chapter has been updated to reflect the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted Online Notification of a serious childcare incident for local authorities form.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This guidance has been updated to include a link to the DfE publication - Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017).
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to the No Recourse to Public Funds Network publication on Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children.
Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the most recent DoH Care and Support Statutory Guidance which was revised to reflect the outcome of a court judgement in relation to Ordinary Residence. (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence).
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of a decision of the Court of Appeal (2017) with respect to the consent requirement under s.20 of the Children Act 1989. The court recognised that the word consent does not appear in Section 20. However it described the guidance given in previous case law as a ‘good practice guidance’ and emphasised that its judgment should not alter the content and effect of these (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent.)
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society publication ‘Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – A Guide for Commissioners’. The guide outlines the legislative requirements placed on local authorities in relation to the provision of advocacy support to Children in Need and Children Looked After.

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