Amendments

June 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Services Health and Safety This chapter has been amended to link to the Lincolnshire Children's Services Health and Safety Manual.
Family and Friends Care Policy

This chapter has been updated to add a link to the DfE Looking After Someone Else's Child - Government advice on the support and financial help you can get if someone else's child is living with you full time (see Related Guidance).

Please reference.
Social Care Assessments This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance on Assessment in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative 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 1, Introduction). Also to reflect changes in 'Practice Direction 27a – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)', with particular regard to the required maximum length of certain court documents (unless specifically directed by the court), such as Care Plans and Statements. In addition, further detail has been added with respect to the Final Care Plan (see Section 5, Pre-proceedings Documents).
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been updated to clarify the process for UASC who are Appeal Rights Exhausted (ARE) and the completion of a Human Rights Assessment. Please see Section, 10.1 Ceasing Support for NRPF Young People. A new Appendix 4: UASC Process for Young People – 'ARE' (Appeal Rights Exhausted) has been added.
Supervision Policy and Procedure

This chapter replaces a similar chapter. Supervision has a vital role to play in supporting staff in a challenging social care environment. As such, supervision is a two-way process involving rights and responsibilities for both supervisors and for those they supervise.

This chapter sets out the policy and procedure as to how staff will be supervised and also provides managers, practice leaders and supervisors with the key standards and tools required to supervise staff effectively. Managers, supervisors and supervisees are jointly responsible for ensuring that supervision meets the standards as outlined in this policy and procedure and underpins the Supervision Framework. The chapter contains updated Appendices and key references to Lincolnshire's ICS.

Please fully re-reference.
Children's Consultation and Participation The Related Guidance section has been updated to add supporting resources with regard to children's consultation and participation. Please reference.
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 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the designated teacher to provide support to previously Looked After Children. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.
Permanence Planning Strategy

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of 'previously looked after children'. A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

Children subject to an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order are entitled to support from their school, through the designated teacher.
Quality Assurance Process - Positive Challenge and Formal Escalation This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice and should be re-read in its entirety. Note additional guidance for IRO's needing to refer to Cafcass (see Referrals to Cafcass) together with updated Appendices: Appendix 1: Quality Assurance Process Flowchart – Positive Challenge and Formal Escalation and Appendix 2: Referrals to CAFCASS Form.
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children/Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

This chapter has been updated to reflect amendments made by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

These changes relate to the status of 'previously looked after children' i.e. a previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales. The chapter includes a new Section 15, Mental Health and a new Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School. A link has been added to the National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2.

In addition, the chapter reflects the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2018, as it relates to Looked After Children and guidance regarding Data protection and safeguarding as set out in Data protection: a toolkit for schools (Open Beta: Version1.0) (August 2018).
Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the designated teacher to provide support to previously Looked After Children.

A previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

It has also been updated to acknowledge the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice points to follow when working with Special Guardians. A link to the full report 'Firm Foundations: Complaints about Council Support and Advice for Special Guardians (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman) (May 2018)' has been added as Appendix 5.

Please reference.
Adoption Support

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and revised statutory guidance which require schools, through the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, to offer support to previously looked after children.

A previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales. (See Section 3, Examples of Adoption Support).
Leaving Care and Transition This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to note the maximum limit for paying into a Junior ISA in any year is £4368.
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, see Section 7.7, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 2.3, 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, see Section 3.8, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review.
Recording with Care Guidance

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 4, General Principles).

Please reference.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Managing Risk in Meetings

This chapter is a flowchart but has links to Lincolnshire's 'Violence at Work Policy' and the 'Employees Policy to Violence at Work'. Any potential risk should be raised with the Chair of the Meeting and evaluated; recorded on Mosaic as an attachment and should include a management plan and be shared with participants – including staff at the meeting venue. The outcome be reviewed and noted for future reference and evaluation.

Please reference.
Throughout the Manual
National Contacts

New National Contacts have been added:

  • Child Bereavement UK;
  • Hope Again;
  • Winston's Wish.
Next update: December 2019

April 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Discontinuation of Child Protection Plan This chapter has been updated to include additional guidance on the process for Looked After Reviews on Children who are subject of the Child Protection Plans (see Section 2.1, Looked After Reviews on Children who are subject of the Child Protection Plans). Where a child becomes Looked After and is already subject to a Child Protection Plan, there should only be a single plan, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Consideration must be given to ensuring that the multi-agency contribution to the review of the Child Protection Plan is addressed within the review of the Care Plan.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to include guidance for Practitioners on the new Life Links Service for Looked After young people leaving care, please refer to Section 5, Life Links Service. In addition, Section 14, Referral to Leaving Care has been updated to clarify the process to notify the Department of Work and Pensions at aged 17.9 years for young people who require an early claim for Universal Credit.

February 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been updated to clarify the process for UASC who are Appeal Rights Exhausted (ARE). The Social Worker must notify Children's Services Strategic Commissioning and the Fostering Service when there is 6 weeks remaining of the 12 weeks notification period to ensure sufficient notice is provided to the Placement Provider. Please see Section 10.1, Ceasing Support for NRPF Young People.
Discontinuation of Child Protection Plan This chapter has been updated to advise that if it is proposed for a child to cease having a child protection plan after 3 months, then this recommendation should be discussed with a Children's Services senior manager beforehand. Child protection plans should not be ended when significant assessments and pieces of work have not been completed (See Section 2, Process).
Placements with Parents The chapter has been updated to clarify the process for providing the Placement with Parents Consultation, Notification and Parental Agreement Forms (see Section 5, Parental Agreement to the Placement with Parent). Please re-reference.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual, Putting Children First (Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Lincolnshire)

This Lincolnshire SCB chapter replaces the previous chapter and has been fully refreshed. 'The Guide' seeks to provide a shared framework for assessment, planning, delivering services and reviewing in the early stages of concern, as well as an understanding about the four tiers ('thresholds') of concern and involvement.

The thresholds and levels of support (available in March 2019) identifies universal services; early help; child in need and immediate safeguarding. The document seeks to provide a framework of the child's needs, parenting capacity and family/environmental factors for each with the exception of 'immediate safeguarding', where parental capacity and safeguarding from significant harm are the key factors.

Please fully re-reference.
Removed Chapters
  • Meeting the Needs of Children.

December 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Children's Services Policy, Values and Principles

A new Section 2, Corporate Parenting has been added in response to the DfE, Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance. Amendments were also made following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Please re-reference.
Social Care Assessments Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference and a link to parents with learning disabilities. Please re-reference.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability. Also, Practice Direction 3aa - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence), (see Introduction). Please reference links where appropriate.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been further updated to identify that young people who are unaccompanied asylum seekers from abroad should be asked if they would prefer a copy of their Pathway Plan in their first language or in English (see Section 6.4, Referrals to the Leaving Care Team).
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been reviewed and significantly amended to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. A new subsection on Processing the GDPR Subject Access Request and a link to Lincolnshire County Council's website, Making a Subject Access Request are included (see Section 4, Handling Formal Requests for Access).
Retention of Documentation and Destruction of Files This chapter has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permits the transfer of a copy of the child's case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child (see Section 6, Transferring and Moving Location of Files).

Child and Family Progress Meetings for Children with Disability (CWD)

This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect the current process for Child and Family Progress Meetings for Children with a Disability and its re-titling. The chapter should be re-read in its entirety.
Private Fostering Section 7, Assessment, has been updated to consider advising Step Parents to apply for a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order for children they have been looking after where this could be the most appropriate arrangement for the child.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law.
Permanence Planning Strategy This chapter has been reviewed and adjusted throughout to tighten some language and promote a more gender-neutral approach to referencing aspects of the child.
Placements with Parents The chapter has been updated to clarify the required assessment for placing a child with a parent and that no placement should be made without the authorisation of the DCS or Assistant Director. Where a child is subject to an Interim Care Order the Care Plan must always be ratified by the Court (see Section 4, Court Ordered Placements on an Interim Care Order and Care Order).
A note in the Scope Box also highlights that these procedures do not apply where the child is subject to an Interim Care Order and the placement is made under section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment (see also Section 1.2, Who is Covered?).
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter replaces a similar chapter but focuses on placements made 'on welfare grounds'. The chapter incorporates recent DfE guidance on placing children under 13yrs and is reflected in Section 6, Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years. The chapter also deals with placements of children 16/17yr olds and Section 20, together with the Secure Accommodation Orders and the processes around the Authority approving, applying for such an Order and placing children. Please fully re-reference.
The Review of the Child's Plan for Looked After Children Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs' recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed. Additionally, a link has been added to Section 6.5, Looked After Reviews on Children who are subject of the Child Protection Plans to a new Signs of Safety Joint Agenda in circumstances where the child will require a combined Child Protection Conference and Looked After Review meeting. Please re-reference.
Quality Assurance Process and Escalation of Professional Concerns Process (Dispute Resolution Process) This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice (particularly with respect to MOSAIC) and should be re-read in its entirety. Please re-reference.
Education of Looked After Children/Personal Education Plans (PEPs) This chapter has been updated to update and refresh the links to statutory guidance.
Death or Serious Injury to a Looked After Child This chapter has been amended to reflect that from 29 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.
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans A new Section 3.4, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added. This distinguishes between key issues such as age of the child and competency. Please reference.
Matching Children with Foster Carers Policy This chapter has been reviewed and adjusted throughout; it should be re-read in its entirety.
Adoption Panel This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Relinquished Children Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Adoption Case Records

Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency's functions as an adoption agency.

Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made. Please reference.
Inter Country Adoption Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and 3 new statutory guidance documents which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25. A link to Lincolnshire's Local Offer is also added (see Related Local Guidance). A new Section 2.5, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and Victims of Trafficking has been included. Please fully re-reference.
Visits to Children Section 4, Frequency of Visits has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out and identified as 'standard' and normal frequency (see Exceptions to the Standard Visiting Requirements). A new Section 11, Consequence of Visits has been added.

Recording with Care Guidance

This chapter has been amended to reflect a key aspect of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (see Section 4, General Principles).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter details the process and practice for secure accommodation criteria reviews. Importantly, these reviews should be considered and kept as distinct from the 'welfare' Looked After Reviews process – particularly the chair. The chapter also includes conducting the review and preparing for the review. Please read.
Deprivation of Liberty

This chapter applies to all social care practitioners carrying out any social care function with children who are receiving care or treatment in any setting. The level of deprivation is not comparable to the level of restriction normally placed on a child or young person of that age, or in all circumstances the child is over 12, and constitutes a breach of Article 5 of the Human Rights Act.

This is a LIVE online resource; updated by tri.x as and when it needs to be in response to changes in legislation, case law and best practice. Please reference when required.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005

This resource seeks to support practitioners working in statutory social care and provider services to understand the Act and practice confidently when supporting young people to make decisions, assessing mental capacity and applying the Best Interests principle.

This is a LIVE online resource; updated by tri.x as and when it needs to be in response to changes in legislation, case law and best practice. Please reference when required.
Protocol for Transition from Children's Services to Adult Housing Related Support and (Semi) Independent Living

'The purpose of this document is to define the arrangements that need to be in place within the Local Authority, (primarily between Children's Services, Adult Care and Community Wellbeing, and District Councils but also including other stakeholders such as Department for Work and Pensions), in relation to when a young person soon to turn, or already, 18 years of age, or 21 years if a care leaver, is receiving support within the Children's Services Commissioned Youth Housing contract'.

This chapter reflects the DfE guidance on Corporate Parenting and reflects the 7 Principles.

The chapter identifies the responsibilities of a range of statutory bodies within Lincolnshire, especially District Councils/Housing Authorities. A section helpfully covers 'The Single Gateway' for care leavers (see Section 5, The Single Gateway) and describes the referral processes. The chapter also contains a number of helpful contacts and a process Flowchart (see Appendix 1: Process for top-up funding for care leavers to meet the costs of rent). Please reference.

October 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Placement for Permanent Fostering This chapter has been amended to update the Quality Assurance Administrator's email address, (see Obtaining Agency Approval for Permanent Fostering) and Permanency Planning Process Flowchart. (See Appendix).
Monitoring and Review of Homes This chapter has been amended to include an updated Appendix 2: Regulation 44 Process Flowchart to clarify the authorisation process. In addition Section 2.1, Regulation 44 Visits has also been updated to clarify the escalation process in the event of an unresolved dispute resolution regarding the Inspection Report.
Youth Offending Service Guidance for Practitioners This chapter has been updated to include additional links to Practice Guidance for Practitioners. Please see the table in Section 4, Legislation and Practice Guidance.
Please reference.

August 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Lincolnshire County Council Safeguarding Children Policy This chapter has been updated to reflect current strategic planning, (see reference to Lincolnshire Children and Young People's Plan and Early Help links); access to Lincolnshire's complaints and comments and Working Together to Safeguard Children, (e.g. the definition of Child Sexual Exploitation) (see Section 2.3, Categories of Concern).
Initial Contact and Referrals This procedure has been amended to re-title and adjust the Step Up From Early Help and Youth Offending to Children's Social Care process so that it reflects the current structure and process.
Transfer and Allocation Procedure This chapter has been updated to clarify the process for Step up Referrals from Early Help to Social Care (see new Section 4, Step up Referrals from Early Help to Social Care).
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been amended to include a revised process for young persons in an Intensive Needs Supported Accommodation (INSA) Placement prior to transferring to Leaving Care. Following the last Pathway Plan Review a Young Person in an INSA Placement decision form must be completed and signed by the Assistant Director Children's Services within 10 working days of the Review meeting. Please refer to Section 4, Reviews of Pathway Plans.

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 and Features
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.

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 has been 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 to Safeguard Children 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 3, The Process has been added and includes a Flowchart. 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 10, Referral to Leaving Care Service has been created, referring to the leaving care services. 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.

June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Retention of Documentation and Destruction of Files This chapter has been updated to note the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 3, Disposal).
Short Term Breaks - Care for Disabled Children This chapter has been updated in to add a link to Children's Society, Friendship For All – Increasing friendship in the lives of children. Please reference as required.
Placements with Parents Section 2.4, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Placements with Connected Person Under Regulation 24 This chapter has been updated to indicate that when considering placing a child with a Connected Person an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept should be included, (see Section 4, Assessment and Checks before Immediate Placement).
Secure Accommodation Procedure (Including Reviews) This chapter has been amended to update the placement finding address and acknowledge that Schedule 1 of the Children and Social Work Act (2017) now enables local authorities to make placements in Scotland under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989) and comes into force with immediate effect.
The Review of the Child's Plan for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to note The Law Society guidance 'Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings' and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative (see Section 5, Action Prior to Subsequent LAC Review Meetings).
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Nice Guideline (NG26) Children's Attachment. This guideline covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties in children and young people up to age 18 who are adopted from care, in special guardianship, looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care), residential settings and other accommodation, or on the edge of care. It aims to address the many emotional and psychological needs of children and young people in these situations, including those resulting from maltreatment.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This policy and procedure has been updated and applies to Looked After Children placed in foster homes in relation to social visits and where overnight stays with friends are planned. The chapter replaces a similarly named chapter but focuses on the social contacts Looked After Children have that promote them 'being treated as any other child' and acknowledges the issue of parental consent.
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to include, (along with Health and Safety and practical reasons) the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept (see Section 3, Agenda).
Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been amended. The DfE has updated the Special Guardianship Guidance to include details of the Adoption Support Fund as the Fund now covers therapeutic support for children, living in England, who were previously in care immediately before the making of a Special Guardianship Order. See also Section 4.1, Special Guardianship Support for Families.

Additionally, two notes have been added to those who can apply (see Section 3.1, Referral).
Assessment and Approval of Adopters The chapter has been updated, particularly with regard to the adoption register contact details ('First4Adoption') and additionally, Section 5.3 Assessments has been updated to include that where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to reflect revised timescales within the Placement for Adoption process, viz. the child's social worker must arrange a date for the case to be referred to the Adoption Panel within 6 weeks, and, the match is to be identified and recommended by the Adoption Panel and approved within 4 months.
Inter Country Adoption

This chapter has been updated in in line with GOV.UK Adopting a child from overseas guidance.

In Section 3, Initial Meeting the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances.

In Section 4, Formal Application, a link has been added to Intercountry adoption: means test form which contains information on how to apply for a fee reduction for people who wish to adopt a child from overseas and who earn £45,000 per year or less.

In Section 12, After Approval information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption Forms: checklist for adoption which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.

Links to GOV.UK Adopting a child from overseas and the Adoption Support Fund can be found in Relevant Guidance. Please fully reference.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to note the maximum limit for paying into a Junior ISA in any year is £4128.

Note - A single link is now provided to go to the 'GOV.UK Junior individual saving accounts for looked-after children'. This enables access to the Statutory guidance, Child Trust Funds and Junior ISA sites.

Please re-reference.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children's Consultation and Participation

Working Together to Safeguard Children states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: ''a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.''

It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally.

This chapter seeks to emphasise the importance and value of direct consultation with children as a way of achieving positive outcomes for them and progressing their Plans in all situations that Children's Services are involved.

Throughout the Manual
Keyword: Child Sexual Exploitation Note new keyword and reference as required.

April 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Domestic Abuse Policy A link to the latest Schools and Education settings Resource Pack has been included, which includes a Domestic Abuse Policy Template that Schools can use for their own setting (see Relevant Guidance).
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans This chapter has been updated to include the location for the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires on 'George'. See Section 4.1, Strength and Difficulty Questionnaires.
HIV/AIDS This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect the structure of the organisation and service.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Elective Home Education Protocol This chapter links to Lincolnshire's 'Elective Home Education' site and replaces two other chapters in the Manual. The site provides a range of information on elective education, including the legal position, contacts and information for parents together with the Protocol (January 2017).

December 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Social Care Assessments This chapter has been updated to include additional guidance for practitioners working with pregnant women and the routes of referral in order to facilitate engagement, care and intervention. Please refer to Section 11.1, Pre-birth, Early Identification and Early Help Assessments.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board Pre-birth Protocol (see CAFCASS Plus Initiative).
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure A minor amendment has been made to Appendix 1: Working with UASC - The Process.
Children's Services Complaints This chapter has been significantly updated to provide a fully revised section defining what a complaint is. Complaints in social care are special to many other sorts of complaints as they are treated separately in law (see Section 1, What is a Complaint or Making Representation?).
Activities and Transporting Children Section 2.2, Seat Belts and Child Restraints has been updated to include a new link to the Governments guidance on child car seat safety and standards.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to include links to revised guidance, 'DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (Sept 2016)' and additional guidance 'DfE/DoH, 0 to 25 SEND code of practice: a guide for health professionals – Advise for clinical commissioning groups, health professionals and local authorities, (2016)' (see 'Relevant Guidance').
Direct Payments This chapter has been revised to add a link to 'DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (Sept 2016).'
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated to provide additional guidance for Social Workers regarding the requirement to obtain parental consent to accommodate a child under Section 20 of the Children Act. (Please refer to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation). This section should be re-read in its entirety.
Foster to Adopt Placements, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter has been fully reviewed to add a note that if there is any change to the circumstances of prospective carers, including relatives, there should be a professionals meeting and the carers should be informed so that they can consider their position as well as the local authority (see Section 4.2, Considering Adoption for a Child).
Education of Looked After Children/Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

This chapter has been updated to add new guidance, 'DfE, Mental health and behaviour in schools: departmental advise, (2016)' and update links to 'DfE, Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions – Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies, (2015)'.

Note also an updated version of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' came into force in September 2016.
Drugs and Substance Misuse This chapter has been updated to reflect new Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (previously called legal highs) and the new Psychoactive Substances Act which came into force on 26 May 2016. Links to the FRANK site have also been added (see Section 1, Definition).
HIV/AIDS This chapter has been updated to add NCB / Emily Hamblin, Practice Guidance: supporting young people with HIV testing and prevention (2016) (see Relevant Guidance).
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been amended to link to DfE, Special Guardianship Guidance (2016) (see Relevant Guidance).
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised Pathway Plan Guidance and Pathway Plan Template.
Monitoring and Review of Homes This chapter has been amended by a slight amendment in Appendix 2: Regulation 44 Process Flowchart, to clarify the authorisation process.
Telephones, Mobile Phones and Letters This chapter has been updated to add a link to Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media (see Relevant Guidance above).
HIV/AIDS Guidance This chapter has been updated to add NCB / Emily Hamblin, Practice Guidance: supporting young people with HIV testing and prevention (2016) (see, Relevant Guidance).
Information Sharing Agreement with Lincolnshire Police This chapter has been significantly fully updated to reflect current required practice, organisational structures, roles and responsibilities and should be re-read in its entirety.
New Chapters and Features
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Contact Service

The Contact Service is a county wide resource that provides supervised contact for children within Lincolnshire. This chapter outlines the structure of the Contact Service and aims to provide an operational overview of the service provided. This chapter should be read in its entirety.

Links to relevant chapters and DfE, Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review have been added.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter focuses on young people who are thought to have offended and would otherwise be in police custody or who are remanded. Note that whenever the police detain a child or young person (aged 10 to 17), or interview them as a voluntary attender, they must inform an Appropriate Adult as soon as is practicable and ask them to attend (see Section 2.1, 'Safeguarding Children and Young People in Police Custody').
Please fully read.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter reflects changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) which defines 'arrested juvenile' for the purpose of Part 4 of that Act (detention). The effect of the change is that 17 year olds are included in the definition of 'arrested juvenile'. The amendments made by section 42 of the Act came into force on 26th October 2015.
Please fully read.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter reflects the DfE statutory guidance on 'former looked after children in custody' and the 'Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review'. It also reflects the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984) amendments.
Please reference as required.
Removed Chapters
  • Youth Justice Board Protocol for Secure Remands;
  • Sharing Child Protection Conference Reports;
  • Young People Custodial Sentences;
  • Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Orders;
  • Young People and Remands;
  • Young People in Police Stations;
  • Young People in Criminal Courts;
  • Children's Reviews.

October 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been significantly updated throughout and contains new scaling guidance based on the  'Signs of Safety' model. It should be re-read in its entirety.
Visits to Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised visiting requirements in respect of children in designated Long Term Foster Placement as set out in The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (see 'Wherever a Looked After Child is placed, etc.').
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Lincolnshire Children's Services and Police Protocol on Managing Domestic Abuse Notifications and Referrals This new document has been added.

August 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Domestic Abuse Policy Section 2.3, CSE and Domestic Abuse and Section 14.3, Safety Planning; Children's Social Care of this chapter have been updated to include additional guidance. In addition new links to the Government's Guidance on: Adolescent to Parent Violence which has been added to Section 15.2, Children Who Abuse Family Members and a 'Young People's Risk Identification Checklist' developed by Safe Lives has added to Section 13, Assessment Process.
Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases

This chapter has been updated to include additional guidance under the sub-headings of Assessments and Child Placement Abroad.

In addition, links to the new International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) Guide to Completing the Request for Co-operation Form and ICACU Request for Co-operation Form have been added to Section 1, Principles.
Private Fostering Section 7, Assessment of this chapter has been updated to clarify that parental agreement should be sought and recorded by completing and signing the Private Fostering Agreement Letter.
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to clarify the process regarding the completion of the Schedule 21 Report; please see Section 3.8, Schedule 21 Report.

June 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Domestic Abuse Policy This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Lincolnshire's Domestic Abuse Guidance for Employees and Managers (see Relevant Guidance).
Social Care Assessments This chapter has been updated to acknowledge the concerns around modern slavery and to confirm that this should be an issue to consider when dealing with an Assessment. A link to the Modern Slavery Act (2015) and Home Office circular is provided.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure A minor amendment has been made to this chapter to acknowledge the concerns around modern slavery and to confirm that this should be an issue to consider when dealing with an Assessment. A link to the Modern Slavery Act (2015) and Home Office circular is provided together with ADCS Guidance on the age assessment (see Assessment).
Access to Case Records This chapter has been amended to update the section on Applications by Care Leavers with regard to seeing their file. In addition, Section 1, Rights of Access; Applications by Parents and Appeals Process have been refreshed and updated. It remains important to acknowledge that even if a child does not have the capacity to understand the implications of a data request about them, it is still their personal data and belongs to no-one else. Links to 'Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised January 2015)' and 'Information Commissioners Office –Guide to Data Protection' have been added in the Scope Box.
Short Term Breaks - Care for Disabled Children This chapter has been fully updated to bring it in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, 'DfE, Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years Statutory Guidance for Organisations who work with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (2015)' and 'DfE, The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review'.
Direct Payments This chapter has been fully revised throughout to provide additional clarification and detail. A new Section 7, Hospital Stays has been added together with a link to the Care Act 2014 statutory Guidance.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated to reflect the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby's guidance with regard to obtaining parental consent for children accommodated through Section 20 of the 1989 Children Act. Also, his concerns about bringing such matters to court where this is required. There are new sections and amendments as a result (see Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent to Look After a Child; Section 1.3.2, Recording Parental Consent; Section 1.3.4, The use of Section 20 prior to Court Proceedings). A link has also been provided to the ADCS Practice Guidance on Section 20 (1989 Children Act).
Permanence Planning Strategy This chapter has been updated and reviewed. It has been additionally noted that a disadvantage of Long Term Fostering is that the carers have no legal responsibility for a young person post 18 yrs (see Section 3.7, Long Term Fostering).
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been amended to provide additional specific detail with regard to Identification and Approval of Placement and Placement Planning in line with DfE, Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.
Placements with Connected Person Under Regulation 24 This chapter has been updated to take account of the changes in the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2015. As with any placement, the responsible Authority must be satisfied that the placement is the most suitable means to safeguard and promote the child's welfare, notwithstanding the Connected Person is not yet approved as a foster carer. Additions have also been made in Assessment and Checks before Immediate Placement.
Parent and Child Foster Care Placement This chapter has updated in with regard to The Role and Responsibility of the Parent and Where the Parent is also a Looked After Child has been updated in relation to the Financial Contribution to the Placement. An updated Appendix 2: Parent and Child Foster Care Placement Agreement has also been provided.
Staying Put Procedure This chapter has been updated to delete the possibility of Foster Care Network or CoramBAAF getting public liability insurance from either of these organisations (see Section 6.7, Insurance (Including Liability and Household Insurance).
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to recognise the the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016). An update Schedule 21 Report for a Special Guardianship Order is also provided (see Appendix 2: Schedule 21 Report for a Special Guardianship Order).
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'DfE Adoption Support Fund'.
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Section 3, Special Guardianship – Matters to be Dealt with in Report to Court, has been revised and updated to reflect the enhanced assessment and reporting requirements (for all applications made from 29 February 2016 as set out in the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been significantly updated in line with the DfE, Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review. A link to this statutory guidance has been included. A new section on the Duties of an Advocate has been added, together with the Appointment and Duties of Independent Visitors (see Section 2, Independent Visitors).
Monitoring and Review of Homes This chapter has been updated to delete the possibility of Foster Care Network or CoramBAAF getting public liability insurance from either of these organisations, see Section 6.7, Insurance (Including Liability and Household Insurance).
Notifiable Events This chapter has been updated to update the agencies who should be notified in the event of a serious incident. Please ensure there is familiarity for possible reference.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

Extremist Radicalisation Policy

This Policy is relevant to all staff involved in either receiving referrals or case holding in which concerns about extremist radicalisation become apparent. A number of links to local and national relevant and associated reading is provided.
Correspondence, Communication and Social Networking This chapter applies to all forms of communication that children may have with others, including written correspondence, telecommunications, including all mobile communications and web or internet enabled communications, including Social Networking sites. The chapter highlights some risks that children may be subjected to, or may create for others. Staff are reminded that children do not have an absolute right to be able to access e-technology – only at reasonable times of the day. Children should have an assessment or evaluation with respect to accessing mobile phones and other e-communication and some guidance around this is offered, (see Guidance).
Removed Chapters
  • Lease Guidance.

April 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Services Policy, Values and Principles This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Lincolnshire County Council's Information Sharing Policy (see section 3.2.2, Disclosure of Confidential Information is Permitted in Exceptional Circumstances).
Support Panel Procedure This chapter has been updated to provide a new section to give greater clarity on the Support Panel decision process (see Section 6.1, Support Panel Decisions).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Lincolnshire County Council's Information Sharing Policy This chapter links to the Council's Site to ensure the user always accesses the most up-date Policy.

February 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Services Policy, Values and principles This chapter has been amended to update the values and principles to ensure they more fully reflect the current local and national aspirations in respect of outcomes for all children living in Lincolnshire.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure A minor amendment has been made to this chapter: please refer to Section 8.1, UASC – Looked After Children Who Go Missing.
Sexual Health and Relationships This chapter has been updated to reflect the organisational restructure and current terminology; this includes some changes to contact details. A new section on 'sexting' has also been included (see Section 10, Pornography).

December 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children's Services Policy, Values and Principles This chapter has been updated to include information on the Signs of Safety Methodology (see Section 1.4, Signs of Safety).
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been updated to include significant, additional guidance on UASC who go missing. Please see Section 8, UASC - Children Who Go Missing.
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been significantly updated throughout to reflect key changes in process and requirement and should be re-read in its entirety.
Permanence Planning Strategy This chapter has been updated to include a new Appendix 3: Family Finding for Adoption and Permanence Process.
The Review of the Child's Plan for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to include additional guidance on amending plans to that of Adoption (see Section 4.1, Review of Adoptive Placements) and the responsibilities of the local authority to looked after children in custody. Please refer to Section 4.4, Children in Custodial Settings.
Physical Intervention This chapter has been updated in line with the Quality Standards for Children's Homes (2015).
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans

This chapter has been updated to reflect the 'DfE and DoH, Promoting the Health and Well-being of Looked After Children – Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England (March 2015)'. New sections have been added:

  • Section 1, The Responsibilities of Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups;
  • Section 2, Principles;
  • Section 3.1, Good Health Assessment and Planning (Role of Social Worker in Promoting the Child's Health);
  • Section 4.1, Strength and Difficulty Questionnaires; and
  • Section 4.2 Out of Area Placements.
Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England (2014) (reissued 2015) This protocol has been updated by The Fostering Network in 2015 and is the current version.
Assessment and Approval of Adopters This chapter has been reviewed with some small amendments e.g. on information giving regarding fees (see Section 1, Recruitment and Responding to Initial Enquiries) and references (see Section 3.5, References). A link to the 'DfE Assessment and approval of foster carers: Amendments to the Children Act Guidance and Regulations (2013)' has also been provided.
Adoption Panel This chapter has been reviewed with minor amendments, particularly in Section 2, Adoption Panel Membership.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated amended to include a link to a new process for Family Finding (see Appendix 3: Family Finding for Adoption and Permanence Process in Permanence Planning Strategy).
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated to add a section to Remuneration for former foster parents (see Section 9.8, Remuneration for former foster parents).
Intermediary Services This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that an applicant must be 18 yrs or over and contravention of the Intermediary Regulations is an offence.
Criminal Injuries Compensation This chapter has been updated in relation to the timescales for the process of applying (see Section 2, Process, 'Making a Claim').
Recording with Care Guidance This chapter has been amended to recognise the importance of a child's record containing education assessments, health and Personal Education Plans (see Section 5, Case File Presentation). Links have also been introduced to some key references, including 'Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)' to enable accessibility.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Domestic Abuse Policy

This is Lincolnshire County Council's Domestic Abuse Policy. Victims of Domestic Abuse can often be helped to get the support and protection they need through early identification and intervention by professionals, and Lincolnshire County Council is committed to this process. 

This Domestic Abuse policy is for use by all professionals (the term includes unqualified managers, staff and volunteers) who have contact with children and with adults who are parents / carers, and who therefore have responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The policy is designed to complement existing protocols and procedures. 

This policy is in two sections. Section One provides practitioners with research and guidance and Section Two details the process and expectations of practitioners when dealing with Domestic Abuse. Please fully re-read.
Monitoring and Review of Homes This new chapter details the quality assurance aspect for local authority homes in line with Children's Homes Regulation Amendments 2014: Advice for Children's Homes Providers on New Duties under Regulations that came into Effect in January and April 2014. It includes Regulation 44 (visits) and 45 (Report to be sent HMCI every 6 months) and the weekly, termly and quarterly monitoring that needs to be undertaken. Please fully read.
Removed Chapters
  • Information Sharing Policy;
  • Information Sharing Guidance;
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Policy.

October 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been updated to add an updated Flowchart in Appendix 1: Working with UASC - The Process. Please reference as required.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to include a new Appendix 1: DCS Decision S20 16-18 Year Olds Leaving Care Flowchart. Please reference as required.

August 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure A link to the Home Office and Local Authorities – Age Assessment Information Sharing Guidance and a new Merton Age Assessment Information Sharing Proforma has been added. The Working with UASC Flowchart has also been amended to reflect updated statutory guidance on ceasing to care for a child.
Quality Assurance Process and Escalation of Professional Concerns Process (Dispute Resolution Process) This chapter has been updated and revised to provide amended Appendices 1-3 which can now be used as working documents.
Family Group Conferences This chapter has been significantly revised to outline the Family Group Conference Service in Lincolnshire and aims to provide an operational overview of the service. The chapter should be read in its entirety.
The following statutory guidance has been replaced with DfE, Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review:
  • Delegation of Authority: Amendments to the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations – July 2013;
  • Looked-after children: contact with siblings – February 2014;
  • Looked-after children and youth justice: Application of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 to looked-after children in contact with youth justice services – April 2014;
  • Early permanence placements and approval of prospective adopters as foster carers: Statutory guidance for local authorities and adoption agencies – July 2014;
  • Out of authority placements of looked-after children – July 2014;
  • Permanence, long-term foster placements and ceasing to look after a child – March 2015.

July 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safe Care Policy This chapter has been updated to include a link to the 'NICE Post Natal Care (February 2015)', particularly the section on 'Co-sleeping and Sudden Death Syndrome'.
Social Care Assessments This chapter has been updated to clarify that PNC checks are required for all in-depth Social Care Assessments.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative A minor amendment has been made to Section 3, CAFCASS Plus Initiative - to clarify that the Support Panel will make a decision about whether a case will be referred to 'Cafcass Plus' or not. An updated 'Cafcass Plus' Flowchart is included. A new link to 'Practice Direction 25B (The Duties of an Expert, the Expert's report and Arrangements for an Expert to Attend Court) has also been added. Note also that the Referral Threshold has changed to 20 – 28 week gestation.
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been updated to include a new Independent Reviewing Officer, LAC and Adoption Plan Review Audit Tool.
Activities and Transporting Children This chapter has been updated to incorporate Lincolnshire's Car Seat Safety Standards. Section 2.2, Seat Belts and Child Restraints has been fully updated. A link to the Lincolnshire Health and Safety site has also been made for additional information if required.
Direct Payments This chapter has been fully revised to provide updated information with regard to Direct Payments and covers a range of key issues and areas. The chapter also benefits from links to Lincolnshire's internet information and local practices.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated in line with the statutory guidance 'Looked-after Children: Contact with Siblings - Update to Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review'. Additional information has been added in Obtaining Parental Consent to Look After a Child.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been significantly and fully updated to include details of the required assessments, and decision-making in respect of placing a child subject to a Care, or Interim Care, Order and should be re-read in its entirety.
Notification to Other Authorities of Children Placed Out of County This chapter has been amended by adding a link to DfE, Out of Authority Placement of Looked-after Children – Supplement to The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.
Secure Accommodation Procedure (Including Reviews) This chapter has been amended to add a link to 'Secure Children's Homes: How to Place a Child Aged Under 13'.
The Review of the Child's Plan for Looked After Children This chapter has been significantly updated to include addition guidelines on the role and responsibilities of the Independent Reviewing Officer and includes an updated Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment Requirement Flowchart. It should be re-read in its entirety.
Quality Assurance Process and Escalation of Professional Concerns Process (Disputes Resolution Process) This chapter has been fully updated and revised. Considerable detail is provided with regard to the informal (quality assurance process), escalation of concerns and the referral to Cafcass process together with new appendices. Please re-read in entirety.
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans This chapter has been updated in by updating the link to DfE and DoH, 'Promoting the Health and Well-being of Looked After Children – Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England (March 2015)'. Please reference as required.
Sexual Health and Relationships Guidance This chapter has been updated to add a note regarding the Serious Crime Act 2015 to update Section 11, Sexual Exploitation. It is an offence to have sexual communication with a child. This applies to an adult who communicates with a child and the communication is sexual or if it is intended to elicit from the child a communication which is sexual and the adult reasonably believes the child to be under 16 years of age. The Act also amended the Sex Offences Act 2003.
Contact with Parents and Siblings This chapter has been updated in line with the statutory guidance 'Looked-after Children: Contact with Siblings - Update to Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review'. Additional information has been added in to Section 1, Approving and Planning Contact, in relation to sibling placement.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated by adding a link to the DBS Privacy Policy'.
Staying Put Procedure This chapter has been updated to link to updated statutory guidance: 'The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (January 2015)'. Please reference as required.
Assessment and Approval of Adopters This chapter has been updated by adding a link to the DBS Privacy Policy'.
Intermediary Services This chapter has been updated in line with the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, and should be re-read.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated to provide greater clarity on the procedure for when 16/17 year olds leave the Looked After Children Service (see Section 2, Preparation and Assessment of Need). A link to updated statutory Guidance, 'DfE The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (January 2015)' has also been made.
Countering Bullying This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'DfE, Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying'. Please reference as required.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated a note above has been added identifying Child Trust Funds could be transferred into Junior ISAs. Also that the maximum limit for paying into a Junior ISA in any year is £4080.
Telephones, Mobile Phones and Letters This chapter has been updated by adding a link to the impact of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (see Section 1, 'General'). It is an offence to have sexual communication with a child. This applies to an adult who communicates with a child and the communication is sexual or if it is intended to elicit from the child a communication which is sexual and the adult reasonably believes the child to be under 16 years of age. The Act also amended the Sex Offences Act 2003.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases

This chapter provides a summary of advice issued by the 'Department for Education in 2014 on Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases'.

It includes a set of principles; a summary of the main international legislation; Information about where social workers should go for help when seeking to obtain information or contacts abroad; Lincolnshire's procedure for processing requests from the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit  (ICACU) and references other relevant guidance. Please fully read.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This procedure sets out the specific provision under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs or disabilities. For the purposes of the Act, 'young person' is someone aged 16-25.
The Role and Expectations of the independent Reviewing Officers This chapter outlines the duties of the Local Authority and the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) and provides specific guidance on the expectations and standards required on engagement with children, recording of information and supervision.
The Young Persons' Guide to the Children and Families Act, DfE 2014

This is a link to 2014 Children Act guidance that seeks to be 'user-friendly' for children in enabling them appreciate and understand better this key piece of legislation. The Act covers a variety of 'wide ranging ' issues, from Adoption to Leaving Care and Transition, from Family Courts to Special Educational Needs.

Please access (parts of this guidance) as required.
Throughout the Manual
Education, Health and Care Plan This has replaced Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN).
National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) This has replaced Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Probation Provider This has replaced Probation Service.
Removed Chapters
  • Review of Adoptive Placements;
  • Supported Living Policy;
  • Leaving Care Guidance.

April 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Initial Contact and Referrals Section 2, Referrals of this chapter has been updated to provide greater clarity on the procedure following a referral to FAST.
Integrated Children's System Guidance

With effect from the 1st April 2015, Lincolnshire County Council has replaced the Integrated Children's System with the Mosaic system. Mosaic will be the new Case Management System for Children's and Adult Social Care.

Consequently this chapter is under review and will be replaced with new guidance on Mosaic in due course.

If advice or guidance is required in the meantime, please discuss this with your line manager.
Transfer and Allocation Procedure Section 3, Roles and Responsibilities of this chapter has been updated, to give greater clarity on the responsibilities on allocating a case following a referral to FAST.
Support Panel Procedure This chapter has been updated to give clarity about what papers are required for Panel and the responsibilities to ensure actions have been completed.
Visits to Children This chapter has been updated to include a new Section 4.1, Visits following a referral to FAST, to clarify the necessary standards to be followed.
Throughout the Manual
'MOSAIC' This has replaced 'ICS'.

February 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Integrated Children's System Guidance This chapter has been amended to ensure it fully reflected the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' practices.
Residence Order/Child Arrangements Order Procedure This chapter has been updated to reflect the name change from Head of Service to Children's Service Manager, Regulated Services and the effect of the Children and Families Act 2014 with respect to 'Child Arrangements Orders'.
Residence Order/Child Arrangements Order Allowances - Children's Financial Review This chapter has been updated to reflect the name change from Head of Service to Children's Service Manager, Regulated Services and the effect of the Children and Families Act 2014 with respect to 'Child Arrangements Orders'.
Short Term Breaks - Care for Disabled Children This chapter has been updated to ensure it fully reflects 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' practices. Links to the 'DCSF, Short Breaks Statutory guidance on how to safeguard and promote the welfare of disabled children using short breaks, (2010)' and Lincolnshire Short Breaks Statement 2014/15 have been added.

December 2014

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Services Policy, Values and Principles This chapter has been updated to incorporate the Strategic Outcomes of Lincolnshire's Children and Young People's Plan.
Children's Services Health and Safety This chapter has been amended by linking this chapter to the Lincolnshirechildren.net Health and Safety site.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Applications to Court under the Children Act 1989 and CAFCASS Plus Lincolnshire Initiative Further amendments to this chapter have been provided to offer further guidance around emergency actions and further detail with respect to pre-proceedings.
Transfer and Allocation Procedure This chapter has been amended by updating the 'Transfer LAC within the PLO Process' Flowchart.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Procedure This chapter has been updated to add a link to Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children: 'Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (2014)'.
Quality Audit Procedure This chapter has been updated to reflect revised audit timescales. Please refer as required.
Access to Case Records This chapter has been updated to confirm local procedures and processes and to add a new section on 'Applications by Care Leavers'. Additional clarification is also provided in respect of applications by Parents and Rights of Subject Access.
Activities and Transporting Children This chapter has been updated to note that under the Children and Families Act 2014 it is prohibited to smoke in a vehicle where there is a child, (i.e. anyone under the age of 18 yrs).
Permanence Planning Strategy This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, with the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. The main changes are in relation to adoption, specifically Foster to Adopt, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters. An updated Permanency Planning – Process Flowchart is also included.
Foster to Adopt Placements, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This chapter outlines the legislative framework to enable a placement of a child with carers who are dually approved, i.e. approved both as prospective adopters and as local authority foster carers. In addition it includes the legislative Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placements under the Children and Families Act 2014, which in Lincolnshire is known as 'Foster to Adopt Placements'. An updated 'Foster to Adopt Process Flowchart' is included.
Parent and Child Foster Care Placement This chapter has been significantly amended: Section 3, Child Foster Care Placement and Section 4, Pre Birth Assessment includes the option of an Extended Contact within a Parent and Child Foster Care Placement and should be re-read in its entirety.
Notification to Other Local Authorities of Children Placed Out of County The chapter has been amended to provide detail with regard to informing the Director of out-of-county placements.
Secure Accommodation Procedure (Including Reviews) This chapter has been updated to provide a link to Court Orders and Pre-proceedings for Local Authorities (April 2014).
Placement for Permanent Fostering This chapter has been amended by adding an updated Permanency Planning Flowchart.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Section 1, Responding to Initial Enquiries has been updated to include the role of the Recruitment Co-ordinators within the recruitment of Foster Carers process.
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to clarify the frequency of Supervision meetings with the Foster Carer.
Staying Put Procedure This chapter has been updated throughout in line with 'Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised May 2014)'. A new section on Professional Roles has been added to include the Staying Put Co-ordinator. It should be re-read.
Education Policy for Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Education of Looked After Children/PEP procedure.
Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated by amending Appendix 4: Information Pack for Financial Support Guidance for Social Workers. Some additional specific information has been added to inform the child's entitlement in Section 2.7 of the Appendix.
Assessment and Approval of Adopters

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 and the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. Information has been added in relation to:

  • Foster to Adopt (Sections 1 and 5.4);
  • Adoption Register (Section 9);
  • Duty to provide information on adoption support services (Sections 1 and 2);
  • Ethnicity (Section 15.3).
The role of the Recruitment Co-ordinator is also reflected in the process.
Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, and the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. The main changes are in relation to:

  • The duty to consider Foster to Adopt placements;
  • The removal of the requirement to give due consideration to a child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background when matching a child and prospective adopters;
  • Post-adoption contact;
  • Placing of siblings.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. A new Section 2, Duty to Provide Information Concerning Adoption Support, has been added. There is recognition of the need to provide a full range of support services across a Local Authority.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been fully updated in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised October 2014). Information has been added in relation to Education, Training and Employment and Access to Records (new section 10) A Needs assessment and content of pathway plans for relevant and former relevant children (Appendix 1) has been added. In addition, dependent upon complexity of need, there is further guidance in respect of the Personal Adviser role and who will undertake the Pathway Planning.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that the maximum amount that can be saved in each tax year is £4000.
Local Contact Details These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Social Care Assessments

This chapter has been added to the Manual and now reflects the Working Together to Safeguard Children process: the Single Assessment process replaces the Initial and Core Assessments and in Lincolnshire this is call the Social Care Assessment.

In addition a link has been added to: 'DfE Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders. Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers (July 2014)'.
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Local Offer This is a new chapter which replaces a previous one and reflects Part 3 of the Children and Families act 2014 with respect to special education needs and disabilities.
Education of Looked After Children/Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

This chapter applies to all Looked After children and outlines the statutory duty to 'Promote the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children' and includes Lincolnshire's Personal Education Plan (PEP) procedure. The chapter reflects the Children and Families Act 2014 which identifies the requirement of local authorities to appoint an officer to promote the educational achievement of Looked After children. These positions are often referred to as a 'Virtual School Head' as well as replacing the 'SEN' with 'Education Care and Health Plans'.

There are links to: 'Looked After Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)'; 'Promoting the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children (July 2014)'; 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'; 'Guidance on Designated Teacher for Looked After Children'; 'Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years: Statutory Guidance for Organisations who work with and Support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (2014)'.
Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England (2014) This is a link to 'The 'Fostering Network': the Document recommends good practice guidance when already agreed foster carers seek to transfer from one Fostering Agency to another. The protocol reflects updated and recent legislation, the need to consider the child's views whilst recognising the freedom of movement between fostering services. It seeks also to minimise the length of time to transfer and provide a 'framework of transfer'. Please read when required.
Throughout the Manual
UK Visas Immigration' This term has replaced 'UK Border Agency'.
'NHS Direct' This term has been deleted.
'Adults at Risk' This term has replaced 'Vulnerable Adults' has replaced.
'Child Arrangement Order' Some references to 'Residence Order' have been replaced with 'Child Arrangement Order'.
'Children's Commissioner' This has replaced 'Children's Rights Director'.
'Social Care Assessment' This term has replaced 'Core' and 'Initial Assessment'.