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CoventryChildren's Services Procedures Manual

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June 2020

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Updated Chapters
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Children's Consultation and Participation

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

Assessments

This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.

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).

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

An update was made in Section 1, Principles to draw attention to OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DFE. The same diligence should be exercised on behalf of pupils with SEN.

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 looked after review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and they must be chaired by different individuals.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 which replaces the 2018 version. Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School has been amended to include reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and serious violence.

In Section 1.3, Role of the Local Authority, Virtual School Head (VSH), and School, OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE has been added.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 9, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.

Supervision and Support 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 Section 4, Representations/Review Procedure.

Allegations Against Foster Carers

This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology has been updated where required.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: information sheets. See Section 10, 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 3.2, Adoption Orders made on or after 30 December 2005.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter has been updated to reference and reflect the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019) (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship applications in care proceedings).

Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

This chapter has been updated to note the Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, (Family Justice Council, May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court and final paragraphs 11 and 12.

New Chapters
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Adoption Central England

A link to this resource has been added.


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