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BexleyChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Amendments

 

April 2020

CAPTION: April 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Signs of Safety Practice Framework and Expectations

This document has been updated.

99 Ways and Bexley Looked After Children Commitments

This document has been updated.

Contacts and Referrals

A link has been added into Related Guidance to CSC MASH Operational Practice Framework.

Case Management Review Panel Protocol

This protocol has been updated.

Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers, who Work with Children

This link has been added to the manual.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (Courts and Tribunal Judiciary, May 2019).

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been amended to reflect the Ofsted Twitter Blog of 24/7/19 by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. The Blog highlights feedback from a number of inspections and explores what good recording should look like (Ofsted: developments in children's social care – What makes an effective case record?).

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This chapter has been updated to draw attention to OFSTED's advice that LAs should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DfE. The same diligence should be exercised on behalf of pupils with SEN.

Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

This chapter has been updated to clarify the requirement for a clear separation of reviews. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and must be chaired by different individuals.

Notifications of Significant Events

This procedure has been updated to reflect revised guidance issued by Ofsted to Children's Homes Providers in August 2019. The revised guidance sought to clarify what is meant by a 'serious event' in relation to a child living in a Children's Homes with the aim of reducing the overall number of notifications made to Ofsted, and in particular reducing the number of repeat notifications made as a result of submitting additional / updated information.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education. Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School includes a reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and a new section on Serious Violence. Information has been added to reflect OFSTED's advice that LAs should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE.

Staying Put

A link has been added to 'Local Offer for Adults Leaving Our Care'.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).

Supervision and Support of Foster Carers

This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer's role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 6, Representations/Review Procedure.

Allegations and Serious Concerns Against Foster Carers

This document has been udpated.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to reflect the suspension of the national Adoption Register.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

A link has been added to Information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council, May 2019) (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship Applications in Care Proceedings).

Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

This chapter has been updated to note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (Family Justice Council, May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court and final sections 11 and 12.

Agency Decision Maker List

This document has been updated.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

Super Hero Corporate Parents

This document has been added to the manual.

Local Offer for Adults Leaving Our Care

This document has been added to the manual.

Keeping on Caring - A Guide for Young Adults Leaving Care in Bexley

This document has been added to the manual.

Next Update: October 2020

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