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Amendments

March 2020

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Kent Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy This PDF has been updated.

January 2020

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).
Alerts This chapter has been updated. Section 6, Serious Harm by Children and Young People to Others has been added, with some minor amendments made to other sections, so that the guidance is now applicable across Integrated Children’s Services in Kent.
Guidance for Making Applications for Criminal Injuries Compensation on Behalf of Children in Care This chapter has been updated to reflect local practice in Kent.
Placements in Foster Care This chapter has been updated to reflect local guidance.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been reviewed and updated and should be re-read.
Out of Area Placements This chapter has been updated in line with the above guidance, and should be re-read.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been reviewed and updated. The requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s Child in Care review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a Child In Care review so the decision can inform the Child in Care review and they must be chaired by different individuals.
Recruitment, Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 11, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards – Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).
Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See See Section 5.1, Proposal to Terminate Foster Carer's Approval.
Notifications of Significant Events This chapter has been updated.
Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 11, After the Panel Recommendation). A link has also been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 13, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 7, Access by Adopted Persons, Adopters and Birth Relatives - Adoption Orders Made on or After 30 December 2005.
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
Chapter Name Details
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Quality Assurance Framework.

Next update: July 2020


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