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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 2020.

 

April 2020

CAPTION: April 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

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 twitter blog by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care, which explores what a good recording should look like.

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 chapter has been updated to reflect the Guidance for Children's Homes providers: Notifying Ofsted of a Serious Event (Ofsted, updated August 2019).

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 was added to reflect OFSTED's advice that LAs should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE.

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 add detail in relation the foster carer's role and responsibilities with respect to the Fostering National Minimum Standards - Notification of Significant Events and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulation 2011.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

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

Allegations Against Foster Carers

This chapter has been refreshed.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 10, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.

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 Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (Courts and Tribunal Judiciary, May 2019).

Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

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

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Next Update: October 2020

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