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Amendments

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Extremist Radicalisation Policy This chapter has been updated to add a new Section 7, British Minors Returning from Areas of Conflict. Also to note that if there is an indication that the family or child has returned from an area of conflict then a Strategy Discussion should be held with the Police and Health. If there is no open Social Care case or it is open to an Early Years service, an immediate referral should be made to Children’s Social Care. This should be treated as requiring a Strategy Discussion by Children’s Social Care, (see Section 5, How to Refer to CHANNEL). The chapter signposts specialist services which may provide additional support, guidance and advice to local provision.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure The procedure has been comprehensively updated throughout to include additional guidance for ceasing support for NRPF children and families. Please refer to 'Section 10.1, Ceasing Support for NRPF Young People'. The chapter also has a new section on children and families subject to the Dublin III Regulations and arrangements (see Section 2.3, Dublin III). Section 3.1, Age Assessments has also been significantly amended in light of the statutory guidelines ‘Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children & Child Victims of Modern Slavery 2017’ – a link to which is provided in Related Guidance.
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been updated to reflect the recording activity for a Quality Audit on Mosaic. If there are restorative actions the allocated worker will be notified via mosaic and will need to complete an audit response on mosaic within 5 working days. The procedure should be re-read in its entirety.
Placement for Permanent Fostering

This chapter has been updated to reflect the current departmental structure and processes. Once the permanence plan has been ratified at the child's Looked After Review, the social worker must arrange a date for the case and Child Permanence Report (CPR) to be referred to Quality Assurance Advisory Group (QAAG) within 6 weeks. The social worker must give consideration to whether the current carer will consider Permanence, (See Section 6, Identification of Permanent Foster Placements – Family Finders Process). In addition a new Section 9, Approval of Matching Permanent Foster Carers has been added.

The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Staying Put Procedure This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice in Lincolnshire Children and the Social Work Act 2017. It should be re-read in its entirety. Section 3, Professional Roles provides further information on the role of the carer with respect to finance and confirms that Foster Carers who are also Staying Put Providers are entitled to support from Fostering Network; this does include advice on insurance cover and any legal support available. Where Staying Put providers have ceased to be Foster Carers, any allegations made against them or the young person may be referred to Adult Safeguarding. Section 8, Interface with Adult Services has also been significantly amended. The impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 is reflected in Section 9, Ending of Staying Put Arrangements.


February 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Supervision Orders in Care Proceedings This chapter has been updated to reflect the replacement of Child in Need Plans and Reviews with Child and Family Progress Plans and Meetings. Section 8, Management of Supervision Orders and Section 9, Extending a Supervision Order of this chapter has been significantly revised accordingly.
Support Panel Procedure This chapter has been updated to reflect the current procedure and process for Support Panels.
Case Holding Procedures for Student Social Workers

This chapter has been updated to reflect the replacement of Child in Need Plans and Reviews with Child and Family Progress Plans and Meetings. Section 7, Child and Family Progress Meetings of the procedure has been updated accordingly. The Allocation Record is also updated.

Child and Family Progress Plans and Meetings This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect the replacement of Child in Need Plans & Reviews with Child and Family Progress Plans & Meetings. The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Visits to Children This chapter was updated to replace the Child in Need Plans and Reviews to Child and Family Progress Plan and Meetings; the frequency of visits has also been revised. Please refer to Section 4, Frequency of Visits of the procedure.

December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been amended to add a link to Family Rights Group, Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A good practice guide (2017). (See Section 4.3, Family and friends foster carers - "Connected Persons".) This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Social Care Assessments This chapter has been updated to add links to a DfE and Home Office letter and guidance on safeguarding British minors returning home to the UK from the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq. The advice, ‘seeks to offer help for local authorities to take the right action to support British children who return to the UK from Syria reintegrate into their families, schools and local communities’. It signposts specialist services which may provide additional support, guidance and advice to local provision.
Extremist Radicalisation Policy This chapter has been updated to add links to a DfE and Home Office letter and guidance on safeguarding British minors returning home to the UK from the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq. The advice, ‘seeks to offer help for local authorities to take the right action to support British children who return to the UK from Syria reintegrate into their families, schools and local communities’. It signposts specialist services which may provide additional support, guidance and advice to local provision.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016). (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Related Guidance to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
Direct Payments This chapter has been comprehensively amended and now links to all relevant material on the Intranet and the Lincolnshire Direct Payments Policy.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent.)
Placements with Parents Section, 2.4, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to reflect that 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.
Placements with Connected Person Under Regulation 24 This chapter has been updated to add a link to Family Rights Group, Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A good practice guide (2017). (See Relevant Guidance). This resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.
Death or Serious Injury to a Looked After Child This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Ofsted Online - Notification of serious childcare incident site. (See Related Guidance and Section 2, Serious Injury to a Looked After Child).
Sexual Health and Relationships Guidance This chapter has been updated to add the Working Together 2015 definition of child sexual exploitation and link to DfE Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners (2017). (See Section 11, Sexual Exploitation).
Training of Foster Carers This chapter has been amended to reflect current terminology and should be read in its entirety.
Support for Foster Carers Facing Allegations This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice and should be re-read in its entirety. In particular Section 3.1, Initial Action has been fully refreshed to more fully reflect the role of the Designated Officer or LADO.
Assessment and Approval of Adopters This chapter has been updated throughout. In particular, note the frequency approved prospective adopters should be visited by a social workers prior to being matched and the contact required when adopters are waiting for a placement. (See Section 14, Review of Prospective Adopter's Approval.) The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to add a link to Research in practice, Contact after adoption - practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
Foster Carer's Who Wish to Adopt the Child they are Fostering This policy has been amended to reflect Lincolnshire's policy and process regarding foster carers who wish to adopt the child they are fostering. A new section, Section 3, The Process has been added and includes a Flow Chart. Note that where foster carers have been caring for a child for a year or more, they can legally apply to adopt that child and the local authority can support them in private proceedings.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice processes. A new section on referring to the leaving care services has been created, (see Section 10, Referral to Leaving Care Service). The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Change of Name This chapter has been fully reviewed and amended in order to focus on the key issues around a Looked After Child changing their name.

Next update: June 2018


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