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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 April 2020.

October 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Children's Consultation and Participation

Links to useful resources have been added in relation to children's consultation and participation

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect changes from 'Practice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be applied in the High Court and Family Court)' in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court). In addition, further detail has been added with respect to the Final Care Plan.

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

This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Notification System.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

A new Section 6, Suitable Placements has been added. Details of the National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Version 2.0 March 2018 have also been added into Section 1, Introduction and Definitions.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been amended to confirm that after the private fostering arrangement ends that any request for support from the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is provided.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

This chapter has been amended to reflect section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker.

Placements with Parents

This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

A link has been added to the Leaving Care and Transition chapter in relation to Personal Adviser visits to 'Relevant' or 'Former Relevant' young people.

Notifications of Significant Events

This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Looked After children placed with Fostering Agencies or in Children's Homes. It replaces the previous chapter with the same name.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated and revised. It incorporates changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018). A new section has been added with regard to Unaccompanied Migrant Children, and the role of the Virtual School Head in relation to Previously Looked After children is emphasised.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated to add information with regard to a care leaver's status as a victim of trafficking or UASC when preparing an assessment of need. Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans has been amended in relation to Relevant/Former Relevant young people moving to 'unregulated' accommodation. Section 8, Personal Advisers has been amended in relation to frequency of visits by Personal Advisers.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

References to the Adoption Register and to Adoption Match have been amended following the Adoption Register suspension and the adoption agency Adoption Match (at the end of March 2019).

Placement for Adoption

References to the Adoption Register and to Adoption Match have been amended following the Adoption Register suspension and the adoption agency Adoption Match (at the end of March 2019).

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

These details have been updated.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

This chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).

Next Update: April 2020

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