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July 2017

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Pocket Money & Savings This document was added to the manual.


June 2017

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Responding to Children who are Missing Section 4.4, When a Child and Young Person Previously Open or Not Known to Specialist Children’s Services Goes Missing has been added.
Placements with Connected Persons This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Kent Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy This document has been replaced with an updated version.
Permanent Fostering This chapter was extensively updated.
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Staying Put This policy has been added to the manual.

April 2017

Updated Chapters
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Child and Family Assessment This chapter has been updated by including information to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted ‘good practice steps’ to undertaking assessments and issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth, including the assessment process (see Section 11.1, Pre-birth 'Good Practice Steps').
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated by including the addition of Appendix 3: Annex C - List of potential agenda items for a Pre-Proceedings Meeting (Preparation for Care and Supervision Proceedings: a best practice guide), and Appendix 4: LPM / Pre-Proceedings Meetings and Permanency Planning Meetings Table.
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge set out what were thought to be ‘basic and good practice steps’ (see Section 2, Considerations).
The International Child Abduction Unit Information has been added to the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) with regards to the ICACU request for co-operation form and guidance (GOV.UK). This form is to be used by local authority staff to ask the authorities in another country for information or assistance in a child protection case. The guidance should be read prior to completing the form.
Policy and Guidance for Using Family Group Conferences in Children's Social Services This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Families with No Recourse to Public Fund Policy and Procedure This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Ceasing to Look After a Child Section 2, Children Accommodated under Section 20 has been updated to reflect that it is expected that a Permanency Planning Meeting is organised at the earliest opportunity. For planned entrance into care this should be held within 7 days. For emergency placements, a Permanency Planning Meeting should be held within 20 working days, (by the first review).
Permanence Planning Guidance Section 3.9, Residential Care has been added and Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence has been extensively updated.
Permanency Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated and should be read in its entirety.
Placements in Secure Accommodation This chapter has been amended to acknowledge the President of the High Court’s judgement regarding applications in English courts for Secure Accommodation placements in Scotland (see Section 4.1, Placement Request, Identification and Approval).
Child in Care Reviews This chapter has been amended 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 7, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).
Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers

This chapter has been extensively updated including the addition of Appendices 2-6.

Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read in its entirety.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated and should be read in its entirety.
Non Agency Adoption This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read in its entirety.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records This chapter has been updated and should be read in its entirety.
Intermediary Services This chapter has been updated and should be read throughout.
Court Reports in Adoption A note has been added in Section 1, Placement Order Applications with regards to all applications should be made via the court administration team at Medway County Court.
Life Story Books Guidance This chapter has been updated including reflecting feedback from adoptive parents.
Later Life Letter This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read in its entirety.
Special Guardianship Orders Guidance This chapter has been updated to clarify the level of parental responsibility extended to the Special Guardian. Further detail has been added with regard to who may apply for Special Guardianship in Section 1.1, Who Can Apply?
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Relinquished Babies and Children 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.
Responding to Children who are Missing This chapter has been added to the manual.
Supporting Transgender Users of Our Services This guide is designed to help staff in Adult and Children Social Care to offer the best service they can to trans users of Social Care services.
Allocation of Fostering Social Workers This chapter has been added to the manual.

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