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Bradford Children's Services Online Procedures


January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Procedure for Transfer of Cases in Children's Social Care

This guidance has been updated throughout and should be read in full.

Case Records and Retention

This chapter has been reviewed to note the Independent Inquiry into 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.)

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised Care and Support Statutory Guidance (DoH, 2016) which was amended to reflect the outcome of a court judgment on Ordinary Residence See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence for more information.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

This guidance has been updated to include a link to the DfE publication - Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017).

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This guidance has been updated to include information on the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens who are able to offer advice to local authorities on securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children. See Relevant Guidance.

Young Carers

This guidance has been extensively revised to provide information 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).

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 Section 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 'good practice guidance' and emphasised that its judgment in should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).

Permanence Policy and Procedures

The Bradford Children's Social Care Permanence Policy and Procedures have been updated throughout to reflect the introduction of a Permanence Panel which will ascertain how the child's permanence needs are going to be met and ensure that permanence is achieved through a the most appropriate route – return to family, adoption, special guardianship, connected person placement, Child Arrangement Order and long term fostering.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This procedure has been reviewed throughout and substantially updated.

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'. This 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.

Local Contacts

This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated.

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

Details contained in this section have been reviewed locally and updated as required.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

Children's Consultation and Participation

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: "a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children." It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally. This new guidance considers the benefits of, and barriers to, promoting the involvement of children and young people in the work of Children's Social Care, and explains the extensive processes City of Bradford MDC have put in place to encourage the participation of children and young people.

Agreed Standards of Practice

This document which out the standards of practice required in relation to Single Assessments, Children in Need, Child Protection Conferences and Children Looked After has been reviewed locally and updated as required.

Deprivations of Liberty

This new procedure should be used by practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, where a deprivation of liberty may be occurring.

Mental Capacity

This new section links to an online resource which will support practitioners to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently. Everyone working with (or caring for) any young person from the age of 16 who may lack capacity must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Next Update: July 2018


2017 Amendments