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Amendments

August 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been updated throughout.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline (PLO)

This procedure has been updated to reflect changes from ‘Practice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)’, (in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents, (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court).

It also includes HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018)) (see Section 3.5, Good Local Authority Practice During Proceedings).
Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child (including Children Looked After) This guidance has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.
Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer

This procedure has been updated to include links to the revised statutory guidance Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year old young people who may be homeless and/or require accommodation (2018), and to the Guide to the duty to refer including the referral process.

The duty to refer was brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
Private Fostering Section 15, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends has been updated to reflect 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.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This guidance has been updated throughout and extensively updated to reflect the DfE publication Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities.
Permanence Policy and Guidance

This policy has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance. These changes relate to the status of ‘previously looked after children’. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.

Children subject to an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order are entitled to support from their school, through the Designated Teacher.
Ceasing to Look After a Child This procedure has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance. The changes relate to Previously Looked After Children who are entitled to support from their school through the Designated Teacher
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Youth Custody Service Placement Team when placing young people in custody, see Section 2.3, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.
Education of Children Looked After This procedure has been updated to reflect amendments made by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. These changes relate to the status of ‘Previously Looked After Children’ i.e. a Previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales. The chapter includes a new Section 15, Mental Health and a new Section 7, Safeguarding Children Looked After at School. In addition the chapter reflects the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2018, as it relates to Looked After Children and guidance regarding Data protection and safeguarding as set out in Data Protection: A Toolkit for Schools.
Children Looked After in Contact with the Youth Justice System This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Youth Custody Service Placement Team in placing young people in custody, see Section 7.7, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.
Leaving Care This guidance has been revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser (in Calderdale, we use the term Pathway Adviser) support to all young people leaving care up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for young people leaving care; and to have regard to seven 'Corporate Parenting Principles'.
Adoption Support

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to Previously Looked After Children.

A Previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales).
Adoption Reviews Section 5, The Conduct and Recording of Adoption Reviews (bullet point 1.f) has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being ‘Previously Looked After’ when considering their educational needs.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Children Returning to the UK from Syria This new guidance has been drafted specifically in relation to British children returning to the UK from Syria; it explains the role of the local authority - and other specialist agencies - in supporting and assessing such children as they return to the UK, including helping their integration back into their local communities, as well as identifying any risk of harm they may pose to others.

Next update: February 2020


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