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Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Transfer Policy This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews (including Detention under the Mental Health Act (1983)) Section 3, Children Detained under the Mental Health Legislation (MHA) has been updated.
Managing Allegations / Concerns in Relation to Adults who work with Children This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Deprivation of Liberty This chapter has been updated.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 4, Age Assessments has been updated with regards to in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Child Trust Funds and Junior ISA's for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the increase in the annual limit on contributions in Section 1.4, Can Additional Payments be Made?
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents. (See Section 3, Assessment and Checks before Placement).
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Section 2, Exceptions, has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.
Health Care Assessments and Plans New Section 3.4, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been extensively updated to add clarification in relation to Qualifying Young People. See Definitions.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 4: 5.39 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Investigating Concerns and Allegations Against Foster Carers Including Historical Issues This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placement for Adoption Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant. It has also been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by s.9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Inter Country Adoption Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Mental Capacity Practice Resource This resource will support practitioners working in social care to understand the Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle.
Support to Schools - Arrangements for Accessing Top-up Funding for Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Nottinghamshire Mainstream Schools 2017-18 This booklet explains the arrangements regarding access to top-up funding for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools. These arrangements reflect national school funding reforms, which became effective from April 2013. The descriptors of need which are used to underpin funding decisions have been revised in line with the SEND Code of Practice issued in 2014.
Family Arrangements Policy This chapter has been added to the manual.
Reducing Offending Behaviour The protocol aims to strike a balance between the rights and needs of the children and young people who are looked after, the victim, the rights of carers and the provider’s decisions to instigate Police action. It is the purpose of this protocol to provide guidance on the options available and to emphasise the importance of flexibility, in deciding upon the most suitable option for dealing with some of our most vulnerable children and young people.
Youth Homelessness Prevention Plan 2016

There are three key areas this plan seeks to address, these are:

  • To prevent young people from becoming homeless;
  • To operate a successful support and accommodation pathway;
  • To advocate for the needs of vulnerable young people for longer term housing options.
Young People's Health Strategy This Strategy intends to define ‘where we want to get to’ regarding improving the health of young people in Nottinghamshire, as well as detailing some elements of ‘how we are going to get there’. It does not replace existing strategies on reducing teenage pregnancy, child and adolescent mental health or obesity (for example), but it is intended to complement them, and to articulate a clear vision for what we want to achieve when trying to improve the health of young people, and, by extension, the health of the entire population of Nottinghamshire.
Working with Fathers Strategy The strategy sets out a framework for working with fathers in Nottinghamshire, and should be read in conjunction with the overall Parenting Support Strategy.

Next Update: January 2019


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