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CoventryChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Amendments

February 2020

Updated Chapters
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Children's Services Supervision Policy

This PDF has been updated.

Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

This has been updated throughout and should be re-read.

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Early Help Recording Guidance

This sets out the Case Recording Guidance – Family Hubs.

Recording Guidance and Expectations

This sets out the Recording Guidance and Expectations for Children’s Service.


November 2019

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Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

In Section 2, Timing of Secure Accommodation Reviews, advice from Legal Services should be sought in a timely manner to ensure that there is no drift or delay in the care planning for the child and in Section 3, Chairing of Secure Accommodation Reviews, an Operational Lead who will take responsibility for Chairing the review.

New Chapters and Features
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Early Help Handbook

This is new the Early Help Handbook will be amended as practice in Early Help develops. Therefore, practitioners are reminded to refer to the website (https://www.coventry.gov.uk/righthelprighttime) for the latest version.

ASYE Handbook

This policy sets out the conditions for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) with Coventry City Council Children’s Services for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). This policy should be read in conjunction with Coventry City Council’s (CCC) ASYE Guidance, The Record of Support and Progressive Assessment (RoSPA) template, and the Critical Reflection Log template.

Allegations Against Staff Policy - Homes for Children

This policy must be read in conjunction with the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures relevant to the location of the home.

 

September 2019

Updated Chapters
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Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been amended to reflect changes from 'Practice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)', in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents, (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court). In addition, a new subsection of Section 4.1, Local Authority Documentation - 'Final Care Plan' provides further detail on the importance of recording information on the Care Plan which will help the child, parent or the child's carer understand why decisions have been or are being made.

It has also 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 9, Good Local Authority Practice During Proceedings).

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)

This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and the process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Section 10.2, Care Plans for Looked After Children has been updated.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

A new Section 6, Suitable Placements has been added. Details of the National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Version 2.0 March 2018 have been added into Section 1, Introduction and Definitions.

Private Fostering

This chapter has been amended. It confirms in Section 14, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

This chapter has been amended to reflect Section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker (see Section 2.1, The Care Plan - Contents).

Placements with Parents

This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment (see Scope Box).

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.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to 'Relevant' or 'Former Relevant' young people.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated throughout.

Leaving Care and Transition

Amendments have been made in:

  • Section 5, Leaving Care Assessment of Need - in relation to children who are victims of trafficking or unaccompanied asylum seeking children;
  • Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans - in relation to Relevant/Former Relevant young people moving to 'unregulated' accommodation; and
  • Section 8, Personal Advisers - in relation to frequency of visits by Personal Advisers.

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.

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.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

This procedure has been updated with regards to Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicant insofar that the Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers chapter has been amended and corrected with information on the application process for criminal record checks for someone from overseas.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation).

Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 7.13, Inter Agency Placements and Section 11, Children Approved for Adoption for Whom no Placement has been Identified).

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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.

Next Update: March 2020

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