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January 2021

Caption: January 2021
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
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
Chapter Title Details
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.
Next Update: July 2021

July 2020

Caption: July 2020
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
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.