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Amendments

July 2022

Caption: July 2022 amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff This chapter has been given a general refresh.
Private Fostering This policy has been updated throughout and should be reread. There are also updates to a number of forms in the Private Fostering section in the Documents Library.
Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 This chapter has been updated to reflect recent case-law.
Child Protection Conference This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Participation of Children and Young People, Parents and Carers in the Child Protection Process This chapter has been refreshed. A new Section 8, Presenting the Lived Experience of the Child to Conference has been added to this chapter.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated.
Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Section 15, Resolving Disagreements has been updated in line with the First Tier Tribunal’s extended powers to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also include education elements.
Decision to Look After This chapter has been updated.
Ceasing to Look After a Child This chapter has been updated to add a note regarding transferring a child’s belongings in appropriate luggage and includes a link to a link to NYAS, My Things Matter Report. (See Section 5, Administration / Process Issues).
Placements in Foster Care This chapter has been amended to add a link to the NYAS ‘My Things Matter’ Report – support and respect care-experienced children and their belongings when they move. (See Section 4, Placement Planning).
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation The chapter has been refreshed and should be read. Additional Information has been added to the Appendices: Looked After Children and Youth Justice.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read. Information was also added on Post 18 Reviews in Section 1, The Purpose of Looked After Reviews and in Section 4.3, Post 18 Reviews. In Section 4, Convening Looked After Reviews information was added on a strength-based approach to Looked After Reviews. In section 5 information was added on Good Practice Guidance for our Looked After Meetings
The Independent Chair’s Service Concerns Resolution Process

This chapter has been rewritten and needs to be reread.

Education of Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021). Schools should have policies and processes in place to ensure all concerns about all adults working in or on behalf of the school or college (including supply teachers, volunteers and contractors) are dealt with promptly and appropriately. See Section 8.3, Protecting Children with a Social Worker, Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children from Adults Who May Pose a Risk to Them and/or Other Children in the School.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been amended to add a link to the NYAS ‘My Things Matter’ Report – support and respect care-experienced children and their belongings when they move. (See Scope Box.)
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated and should be re-read. The Supervision Agenda for each meeting should follow the NCC Supervising Social Worker Formal Supervision with Foster Carers Template.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers The chapter has been updated throughout and should be reread.
Bedroom Sharing in Fostering Households This chapter has been updated and should be reread.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Equality and Diversity This chapter has been added.
Care Planning This chapter has been added.
Risk Assessment and Planning This chapter has been added.
Providing Personalised Care This chapter has been added.
Health and Safety This chapter has been added.
Leisure Activities This chapter has been added.
Newly Approved Foster Carers - Post Approval Transfer This policy covers transfer tasks from the fostering recruitment and assessment team to the locality fostering team once a foster carer(s) has/have been approved at panel.
Pet Policy and Guidance for Fostering Households This PDF has been added.
Undertaking Social Media and Internet Checks within Fostering Assessments and Reviews This PDF has been added.
Training and Development of Foster Carers This chapter has been added.
Removed Chapters

The following chapters have been removed as we now have a separate Children’s Home Manual:

  • Statement of Primary Responsibilities for Staff;
  • Outcomes Framework for Residential Placements - Guidance for Completion;
  • Monthly Inspection Visits;
  • Physical Intervention (Restraint & Disengagement) in Residential Settings;
  • First Aid Home Remedies and Medication;
  • Contacting the Police in respect of Children in Residential Care;
  • Substance Misuse;
  • Exit Interviews - Children's Homes;
  • Fire Precautions in Residential and Day Establishments.

Next Update: January 2023


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