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Amendments

June 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Lincolnshire County Council Safeguarding Children Policy This chapter has been updated and refreshed to bring the chapter up-date with current issues and terminology and incorporate the contact details for the Youth Offending Service.
Initial Contact and Referrals This chapter has been amended to reflect the current organisational structure of the Department and to recognise the issues and balance around confidentiality and information sharing. (See Section 4, Screening Process). A link to the DfE, Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners has also been added, (see Related Chapters).
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative Section 1, Introduction 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.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been further updated to emphasise the issue of missing unaccompanied asylum seeking children; the Home Office should be informed of any UASC going missing using Part E of the Unique Unaccompanied Child Record (UUCR) form. Please see Section 8, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Who go Missing and Appendix 3, UASC Who Go Missing – Part E: Looked After Status Update. A link to National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children has also been added, (see Related Guidance).
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been updated to include the Quality Audit Tool for the Youth Offending Service. (See Section 2.7, Quality Audit YOS).
Children's Consultation and Participation A link to the Participation Strategy has been added to this chapter. See also note Section 1, Introduction
Child and Family Progress Plans and Meetings This chapter has been updated by adding a new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles. Information and communication is important between the respective local authorities to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority. It should be noted that the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child lies with the local authority where the child is to be found.
Family Group Conferences This chapter has been amended to bring the chapter up to date with regard to terminology.
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.
Permanence Planning Strategy Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under 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.

In addition updated Permanency Planning Process Flowcharts have been added. Please see Appendix 2: Permanency Planning Process Flowchart, Appendix 3: Permanency Planning Foster Care Options Flowchart, Appendix 4: Family Finding for Adoption and Permanence Process.
Foster to Adopt Placements, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter has been significantly updated throughout to reflect the current organisational structure of the department and practice processes. Also note, 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. The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Placements with Parents Section 2.4, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to reflect the current Social Care assessment process and to acknowledge recent amendments to the DBS process where this is required. (The DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents, and so other avenues can be explored).
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Section 9, 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.
Support for Foster Carers Facing Allegations This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice and should be re-read in its entirety.
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice and to include the addition of two new sections, Section 8, Process Following the Making of a Special Guardianship Order and Section 9, Financial Payment Review Process.

In addition an updated Appendix 1: Notification of Intention to Apply for a Special Guardianship Order and an updated Appendix 4: Information Pack for Financial Support Guidance for Social Workers and Supervising Social Workers has been added to the procedure.
Placement for Adoption Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that 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.

It has also been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been amended to add a tri.x note regarding the impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 upon leaving care and transition services. (See just below the Contents list.)
New Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds People who have no legal entitlement to financial support or assistance from the state are people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). They may self-refer for support or are referred from other agencies. This procedure sets out how Lincolnshire Children's Services will respond to Families with NRPF, including those who might present as destitute, and seeks to acknowledge a framework that is rationale, consistent and meets the needs of the child. The chapter contains a number of relevant links to ‘NRPF’, including ‘NRPF Network NHS healthcare for migrants with NRPF (England)’. Please reference.
Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) Guidance for Social Care ‘The Child Protection Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is being implemented nationally by Health with Local Authorities and connects Children's Social Care IT Systems with those used by the NHS in unscheduled care settings.

CP-IS is the bridge for information to flow between the NHS and the Local Authority to provide better care and earlier intervention for children who are considered ‘vulnerable and at risk. It allows the NHS via their own systems to check if a child who attends an unscheduled care setting has a Child Protection Plan (CPP) or is a Local Authority Looked after Child (LAC). This includes Unborn Babies subject to a Child Protection Plan’.

(From the Introduction to the chapter. Please fully read).
Relinquished Children The term 'relinquished child' is used to describe a child, usually a baby or at pre-birth stage, whose parents are making the choice of adoption for the child.

This chapter deals with the first stages of the adoption process for relinquished children, whilst signposting other key processes that should be progressed and which are expected for any child who is Accommodated or where the plan is for adoption. It also summarises the counselling and support that will be made available to the birth family in these circumstances. Once a decision is made and consent is formally given, although not irreversible, the adoption process is as for any other child.
Youth Offending Service Guidance for Practitioners This chapter identifies that the YOS has been integrated into the Children’s Services Directorate of Lincolnshire County Council and seeks to provide detail of the Management Board and of the Service’s vision and goals.

A relevant Information table provides particularly relevant practice guidance for YOS practitioners.

The chapter includes a link to the Youth Justice Plan.
Removed Chapters
  • Intergrated Children's System Guidance;
  • Special Guardianship Payment Review;
  • Intermediary Services.

 

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