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January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction has been updated to take account of the change of definition in Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE February 2017).
Managing Allegations / Concerns in Relation to Adults who work with Children Paragraph 6.2 clarified for all referrals the point of contact will be the LADO Allegations Officer.
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) A link has been added to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children (NRPF). The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Supervision of Foster Carers Section 3, Frequency of Supervision has been updated to reflect that in some circumstances it may be agreed between the foster carers, Supervising Social Worker and Team Manager that supervision meetings are held less frequently. This may be because the carer provides support care only or because for example the placement is very stable and there have been no concerns for many years. The decision is at the discretion of the Team Manager. Any agreed variation from monthly supervision MUST be clearly recorded by the authorising Team Manager in case notes and highlighted in the Annual Review.
Investigating Concerns and Allegations Against Foster Carers Including Historical Issues This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Statement of Primary Responsibilities for Staff This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated; a link has been added to Contact After Adoption (Research in Practice). The link contains practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Protocol between the Children’s Social Care (CSC) and Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection (ASCHPP) where both are involved in case management This protocol exists to ensure that all professional workers understand the critical importance of effective communication and that their respective roles and responsibilities are clear. This is particularly important where a case involves care proceedings.
Criminal Injuries Compensation This procedure outlines the circumstances when it may be possible to make a claim for compensation on behalf of a looked after child subject to Section 31 Children Act 1989 for whom Children’s Services has the parental responsibility and the process which must be followed in order to proceed with making a claim.
Residential Placement Planning This document draws together the information, advice and guidance in respect of placement planning for children and young people being accommodated in one of the three Nottinghamshire residential homes.
Special Guardianship Court Report This template has been added.
Special Guardianship Support Plan This template has been added.

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