Amendments

January 2022

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Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Information has been added on recording by employees in a professional capacity, and links have been added into Section 3, Further Information.
Complaints and Representations This chapter has been amended to reflect the Children's Statutory Complaint Process: Guide for Practitioners (Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman) - see Relevant Guidance.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline The link has been updated to the SWET (updated April 2021). Section 2, Pre-Proceedings has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning where the mother has learning disabilities.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care This chapter has been refreshed and a link has been added to House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: Criminal Injuries Compensation for Victims of Child Abuse.
Placements with Parents Section 1, Planned Placements has been updated to add information on placements in 'other arrangements'.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been updated to note that, from September 2021, looked after children under 16 years of age cannot be accommodated in unregulated independent or semi-independent placements.
Out of Area Placements Section 6, Placements in Wales has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.
Placements Outside England and Wales Section 3, Placements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Guernsey has been updated in line with updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review. Additional information has also been added in relation to placements in Scotland, in line with a High Court case.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Information in relation to children under the age of 16 being placed in 'other arrangements' placements has been added into Section 3, Local Authority Accommodation.
Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been significantly amended to reflect the 'Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted)'; updated 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (see Scope of this Chapter) and Sexual Harassment in Education – Briefing (House of Parliament Library) (see Section 8.2, Protecting looked after children from sexual harassment and peer on peer abuse).

The chapter has also been amended to reflect Promoting the Education of Children with a Social Worker: Virtual School Head Role Extension.

Information on the School Admission Code has been added in Section 6, When a Child Needs or Joins a New School.
Leaving Care and Transition Section 6, Pathway Planning has been updated to note that, in relevant cases, immigration status should be included as a separate section on the Pathway Plan. This will help to ensure that young people who have been granted Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme apply to convert this to Settled Status at the appropriate. Pathway Plans should contain clear information about what action needs to be taken by whom and when to ensure that the young person's right to remain legally in the UK is not jeopardised.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been refreshed and updated and includes links to related reports from the House of Commons Library (see Section 16, Further Information and Statutory Guidance).
Short Breaks Information in relation to the prohibition on looked after children under the age of 16 being placed in 'other arrangements' placements for the purposes of a short break has been added into Section 7, Short Break Settings.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery A link has been added to the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians Referral Form. In areas where the ICTG service has been implemented, if the social worker considers a child to be a potential victim of modern slavery, they should refer them to the ICTG service by completing the online referral form.
Section 6.1, Placement Options has been updated in relation to placements in 'other arrangements'.
Section 4, Assessment has been updated in relation to Age Assessments.
Family and Friends Care A new Section 7, Education has been added and information has been added on the School Admission Code.
Relinquished Children This chapter has been updated to reflect case-law setting out lessons for the future in non-notification cases.
Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 A new Section 2, Ordinary Residence has been added.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Information on the School Admission Code has been added in Section 12, The Special Guardianship Support Plan.
New Chapters and Features
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Placements in Other Arrangements This chapter has been added to the manual.
Next Update: July 2022

August 2021

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Contacts and Referrals This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect current practice for responding to contacts and referrals made to the Bradford Integrated Front Door.

July 2021

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Capacity and Consent This guidance has been updated to add information on a High Court case in relation to consent in the context of the use of medication to suppress puberty. A new Section 5.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has also been added, to reflect High Court judgments. Section 2.1, Consent to Information Sharing has been updated to reflect revisions contained in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This guidance has been updated to reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council, June 2020). See in particular Section 9, Expectations of the Local Authority by the Court.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds A new Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty When One or More of the Relevant Criteria Under Section 25 Children Act 1989 are Not Satisfied has been added.
Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers A new Section 7.4, Consent to Life-ending Withdrawal of Medical Support has been added, to reflect a High Court judgment.
Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout. Section 2.3 Insurance Cover has been updated to include details of how to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which provides access to reduced cost or free medical insurance in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Section 2.4, Obtaining a Passport has also been updated to link to reissued Home Office guidance for Local Authorities Children’s Services Departments when Applying for Passports on Behalf of Children.
Leaving Care and Transition A link to the publication Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: Good Practice Advice (DfE and MHCLG) has been added. The publication seeks to support the development of joint protocols that can help local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers. Additional content has therefore been added in a new Section 8, Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers, as well as Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans and Section 13, Where Care Leavers Live or Move to a Different Local Authority Area.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This reflect Section 2.6 Care leavers leaving custody in the publication Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) 2020. (See Section 3.9, Planning for Release)
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated to reference recent case-law holding that, as part of the mediation process, a parent/child/young person is entitled to bring along any supporter they wish, including a lawyer.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Minor amendments have made in line with the UK’s exit from the EEA.
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 chapter has been updated to add a link to Joint Housing Protocols for Care Leavers: good practice advice (DfE and MHCLG) to support the development of joint protocols that can help local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of care leavers. (See Section 4, Housing Protocols for Care leavers).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This procedure has been updated to reflect Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship published by the Family Justice Council (June 2020). See Section 6.2, Special Guardianship Applications in Care Proceedings and new Section 16 Special Guardianship Orders in International Cases.
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Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 This new policy applies when a child or care leaver is discharged from hospital after having been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

February 2021

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Private Fostering

This procedure has been updated to note the following:

  • It is important to identify, and check the suitability, of regular visitors to private foster carer’s home. Where these visitors are over 16, consent for a DBS check should be sought;
  • The assessment of the private foster carers should cover the following:
    • The capacity of  the private foster carers to look after the child;
    • The wishes and feelings of the child in light of their age and understanding; and
    • The impact of the arrangement on any other child/ children in the household.

January 2021

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Complaints and Representations Information in this procedure has been reviewed and updated as required.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Section 6, Placements of Children under 13 years has been updated following publication of revised DfE guidance.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout.
New Chapters and Features
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Capacity and Consent In this new chapter, guidance is offered in relation to the various situations in which consent is likely to be sought, with reference to previous legal judgements. This is a potentially complex practice arena and if the practitioner is in any doubt about gaining consent they should always seek further advice from managers and legal advice must be sought as necessary.
Storage of Data on Mobile Devices

This new chapter provides guidance on the storage of personal data (including photographs) on mobile devices. 'Personal data' is any information about an identifiable living individual.

'Mobile devices' includes memory sticks, mobile telephones including smartphones, tablet technologies, netbooks and laptops.
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff The use of social media in a social care and safeguarding environment is a developing area. Cases and reviews have discussed the use of social media in social work practice. There is, however, currently no specific government guidance on the issue. This new chapter is designed to highlight some of the issues to be considered, with links to additional information. It is not intended to provide any legal advice, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate. Local Authorities and Courts may have local protocols in place on the use of social media/service of documents.

July 2020

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Section 11, Further Information has been updated to include a link to Statutory Guidance Modern Slavery: How to Identify and Support Victims.