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DevonChildren and Families Procedures Manual

Amendments

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 2019.

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Contacts and Referrals

Section 3, Timescales has been clarified in relation to timetabling and allocation of the case.

Assessments

This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance on Assessment in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Children's Consultation and Participation

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence)  [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018)).  (See Section 9, Good Local Authority Practice During Proceedings).

In Related Guidance a link was added to Research in Practice supporting information and guidance on the Social Work Evidence template (SWET).

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)

This chapter has been updated to take account that from 29th June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been updated to reflect HHJ Greensmith’s comments regarding the judgment M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence), which made clear the need for good practice in relation to note-taking and record-keeping, and disclosure of relevant evidence to all parties.

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

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act and revised statutory guidance ‘The Designated Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children’.

Family and Friends Care

A link to Looking After Someone Else’s Child (GOV.UK) has been added.

Ceasing to Look After a Child

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

Permanence Planning Guidance

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

This chapter has been updated to fully reflect the updated guidance Secure Children's Homes: How to Place a Child Aged Under 13 (July 2018).

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

This chapter was updated in relation to placing young people in custody with a new section ‘How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review’.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been refreshed to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 guidance.

Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody with a new section ‘How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review’.

Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody

This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody with a new section ‘How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review’.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been reviewed and slightly amended in Section 8.1, Presentation to the Adoption Panel.

Adoption Support

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

Adoption Reviews

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

Life Story Books Guidance

This chapter has been fully reviewed throughout.

Later Life Letters

This chapter has been fully reviewed throughout.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 in relation to the education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children’.

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

This chapter has been updated.

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer

His new chapter links to statutory guidance:

  • Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year old young people who may be homeless and/or require accommodation (2018): This guidance is solely concerned with the functions of children's services and housing services when young people seek help from, or are referred to, local authorities because of homelessness or being threatened with homelessness. It incorporates judgements made in the House of Lords over several years around the duties of local authorities under Section 20 (Children Act 1989) and Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. The guidance also reflects the duties introduced under the Homelessness Reduction Act (2017);
  • Homelessness - Duty to Refer: the Homelessness Reduction Act (2017) places a duty on specified public authorities to refer service users who they think may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to local authority homelessness/housing options teams. The guidance provides helpful information and detail on the referral process which is brought out in additional links below.
Next Update: October 2019

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