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Amendments

January 2020

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Strengths-Based Practice Framework An updated Framework has been added to the manual.
Quality Management Framework An updated Framework has been added to the manual.
Initial Referrals This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.
Guidance for Staff: Reporting Serious Incidents and/or Child Deaths This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).
Disability Living Allowance - Fostered Children and Foster Carers This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.
Permanence Planning Guidance

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of ‘previously looked after children’. A previously Looked After Child  is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.

Children subject to an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order are entitled to support from their school, through the designated teacher.
Placements in Foster Care This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.
Placements with a Relative or Friend (Connected Persons) This chapter has been completely rewritten and should be re-read.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to ‘Relevant’ or ‘Former Relevant’ young people.
Education of Looked After Children This chapter has been updated and should be re-read.
Persons Disqualified from Fostering This chapter has been updated in Section 3, Approved Foster Carers with the process to be followed after the panel's recommendation, that the person is not suitable to act/continue as a foster carer.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Guidance for Foster Carers on Personal Safety and Incident Reporting This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Foster Carer Case Files This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Foster Carer Recording Policy This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Safe Caring This chapter has been updated and should be re-read. Further amendments will be required when Nottinghamshire County Council agree on an alternative to the MAPA model of intervention.
Religious Identity and Delegated Authority Information has been added on the duty of the local authority under the Children Act 1989 to consider the wishes and feelings of any child in its care in decisions made about that child. This includes children under the age of 16 years. Consequently should the wishes and feelings of a child be contrary to those of those with parental responsibility with regard to the child’s engagement with religious practices, then these must be duly considered, taking into account the age and level of understanding of the child.
Transfer of Foster Carers Policy This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Monthly Inspection Visits This chapter has been re-written and should be re-read.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 12, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Adoption) This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Access to Birth Information (Post Commencement Adoptions Orders) A link has been added to Attending and IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 3, Access to Adoption Case Records.
New Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Drug Testing in Children's Social Care (Oral Fluid Sampling) This resource has been added to the manual.
Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Fostering) This chapter details the procedures to be followed for Placement Support Meetings and Disruption Meetings for foster care placements and Nottinghamshire children placed for adoption or Nottinghamshire approved adopters, where disruption occurs prior to the Adoption Order.
Transitional Personal Advisor (TPA) Service - Policy and Practice Guidance This guidance has been added to the manual.
21Plus Service Extended Personal Advisor Support for Care Leavers Aged 21 – 24 years - Policy and Practice Guidance This guidance has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Children's Disability Service - Provision of Childcare for Working Parents of Children and Young People with Disabilities.

Next Update: July 2020


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