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Amendments

February 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Kent Specialist Children’s Services Participation Strategy This chapter has been extensively updated.
Supervision Policy This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Initial Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis 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.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Policy and Guidance for Using Family Group Conferences in Children's Social Services This chapter has been updated in particular Section 1, Introduction with regards to the Lifelong Links trial.
Disabled Children’s Services Appendix A: Kent County Council Disabled Children & Young People's Service – Eligibility Criteria 0-18 Years has been updated.
Unaccompanied Minors and Asylum Seeking Children A link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children(NRPF Network) has been added. The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Families with No Recourse to Public Fund Policy and Procedure A link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children(NRPF Network) has been added. The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been updated including Section 1, Introduction which has been updated to take account of the change of definition in: Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE February 2017).
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 Guidance Section 2, Key Objectives in Permanence Planning has been updated to include a Permanency Planning Meeting should be convened at the earliest appropriate opportunity, according to the circumstances of the case, and will require action by a children’s social worker team or Children in Care team social worker. Permanency Planning Meetings must be informed by thorough sibling assessments, from the outset. The purpose of a Permanency Planning Meeting is to consider the most effective route to securing permanency for a child or young person. Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence has also 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.
Permanency Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated, and should be read in its entirety.
Placements in Residential Care Section 4, Allegations and Complaints against Residential Staff has been added.
Placements with Parents Appendix 1: Flowchart - Actions to be taken by Social Worker for Planned or Unplanned Placement for LAC Placed with Parents has been updated.
Child in Care Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: Care Planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Child in Care Reviews).
Guidance on Health Assessments and Health Plans Appendix 1: Process for Requesting Health Assessment for Children in Care - Flowchart has been updated and 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). 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.
Change of Name of a Child in Care This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Permanent Fostering This chapter has been extensively updated.
Allegations and Complaints Against Foster Carers This chapter has been updated in particular the addition of Appendix 1: Managing Allegations and Complaints About a KCC Foster Carer.
Guidelines for Social Workers Following an Allegation / Complaint Against a Foster Carer or Member of the Household Section 6, For the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) has been added.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended in particular 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). Section 1, Planning for Permanence has also 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.
Allegations and Complaints Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters 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.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Supervision Practice Guidance This Practice Guidance should be read in conjunction with the Supervision Policy.
Personal Education Plan

This chapter details:

  • Personal Education Plan Policy: Virtual School Kent (June 2017);
  • Personal Education Plan Responsibilities Chart
  • Personal Education Plan Meeting Guidance for Social Workers – June 2017 and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Care Leavers Charter This Charter is Kent County Council’s promise to young people to help support them when they leave care.
Policy for Foster Carers Annual Leave This chapter details the entitlement to paid and unpaid annual leave for foster carers

Next update: August 2018


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