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Amendments

September 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy Section 4, Different Types of Family and Friends Living Arrangements has been updated with links to a Decision Flowchart for Fostering Regulation 24 Approval and a Connected Person Flowchart for Children Already in Care. Information has been also added with regards to Connected Person foster carers will receive the maintenance payment for the child or young person at the point placement. They are entitled to the full professional fee on completion of the skills foster training and this payment will continue if on-going foster carer training is undertaken.
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Child and Family Assessment Section 2, Planning has been updated to reflect when undertaking assessments, social workers should make every effort to identify the whole range of professionals in contact with that family and that they take time to understand exactly what that professional knows of the child / family, minimising any potential for misinterpretation, misunderstanding or miscommunication. Any information gathered should be clarified and confirmed with the professional providing the information in writing. This is to ensure that both parties are in agreement with its content and meaning before including it as part of the assessment.
Team Remits and Transfer Protocol (Step Up Step Down) Section 3.10, Disabled Children’s Service (DCS) has been amended to reflect that referrals concerning disabled children are routed via the CRU to the DCS, either the Disabled Children Teams for 0-15 years old or the Young People’s Teams for 16-17 year olds where they meet the criteria for that service. The service will retain responsibility for these children whether through Child in Need, Child Protection or Child in Care planning and provision until such time as the service is no longer required or appropriate. Those who reach 18 years of age will continue to receive services as an adult.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child (In Care and a Child in Need) This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification of serious childcare incident form.
Child Trust Funds and Individual Savings Accounts for Children in Care (including Children with Their Own Funds) Section 2, Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) for Children in Care has been updated to reflect that the total limit for payments into Junior ISAs is £4,128 in the 2017-2018 tax year.
Case Records for Children in Care (Including Retention) This chapter has been updated and should be read throughout.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
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 has been included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016). (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Further Information to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
Disabled Children and Young People Direct Payments Section 5, Needs that Can be Met Via the Use of Direct Payments has been updated and should be read throughout.
Short Breaks A link has been added to Friendship For All (The Children’s Society) in the Related National Guidance and Information section.
Relinquished Babies and Children This chapter has been updated and should be read throughout.
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 has been 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.)
Definitions of Children in Care This updated document contains definitions to assist managers when deciding which children and young people should be viewed as a looked after child.
Placements in Foster Care This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter was extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, 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.
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.
Child in Care Reviews Section 8, The Role of the Child’s Carer(s) has been updated and should be re-read.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations - Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review, June 2015. In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Guidance on Health Assessments and Health Plans A link has been added to Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care - NICE Guidelines (NG26) in the Relevant Legislation and Guidance section.
Kent Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy An updated Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy was added.
Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Fostering Social Worker has been updated to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.
Allegations and Complaints Against Foster Carers This chapter has been updated in particular Section 17, Moving On following Allegation or Complaint against Foster Carer of Member of the Household.
Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 6.3, Assessment has been updated to reflect 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.
Inter Country Adoption This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Special Guardianship Orders Guidance This chapter has been exstenively updated and should be read throughout.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Protocol for Joint Working between Specialist Children's Services (SCS) and Early Help Preventative Services (EHPS) - Joint Working Around and Responsibilities Towards Young People in the Criminal Justice System This replaces all previous protocols and policies relating to Youth Justice and Specialist Children Services collaborative working.
The Transfer of Children to Local Authority Accommodation from Policy Custody - An agreement between Kent County Council and Kent Police This document details the Police, Youth Justice and Children’s Social Care’s commitment to working together to keep young people out of custody. As far as is practical this aims to minimise the incidences of young people being detained in custody overnight. If there is a possibility of an overnight detention the Police will undertake a joint risk assessment with Children’s Social Care to ensure the young person’s welfare.
Guidelines for Social Workers Following an Allegation / Complaint Against a Foster Carer or Member of the Household This chapter details the process to be taken by both Fostering Social Workers and Children’s Social Workers following an allegation / complaint against a foster carer or member of the household.

Next update: March 2018


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