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DevonChildren and Families Procedures Manual


This is the latest update of the Devon Children and Families Manual. The manual will be updated every six months and a summary of the changes will be set out in these pages. Either current chapters will be updated or they will be replaced and/or new chapters will be added.

The next update will be in October 2018.

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

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 Section 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.

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 (Section 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.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated when the frequency of visits was clarified.

Assessment 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 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.

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 Section 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.

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

This chapter has been updated.

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Early Help Procedures

When a child/young person/family needs something extra, Early Help is the initial response offered by all services in contact with children, young people and families. This builds an understanding to address extra needs and prevent situations from getting more difficult for children and young people. The aim of Early Help is to build on people’s capacity and resources to manage their own dilemmas, resolve their own difficulties and prevent further problems in the future.

Early Help is not a designated team it is the way that EVERYONE works together to support the needs of families.

Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams

This new policy sets out the protocols that should e followed when cases are transferred rom one social work team to another.

Deprivations of Liberty

This new procedure should be used by practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, where a deprivation of liberty may be occurring.

It applies to all social care practitioners carrying out any social care function with children who are receiving care or treatment in any setting.

It should be read in its entirety

The Mental Capacity Act

A link to the mental capacity act has been added to the manual.

Next Update: October 2018


2017 Amendments