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EalingChildren's Services Procedures Manual

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July 2020

CAPTION: July 2020
   
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Timescales and Standards

This chapter has been updated locally.

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

This chapter has been significantly updated locally. Therefore should be read in its entirety.

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.

April 2020

CAPTION: April 2020
   
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Ealing's Assessment Protocol & Thresholds of Need Guide

This protocol has been updated.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). (See Section 1, Introduction).

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.

Online Safety Policy

This chapter has been reviewed and updated.

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).

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been substantially updated 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 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.

Notifications of Significant Events

This chapter has been significantly updated in order to clarify the notification requirements where there have been significant events. It should be read in its entirety.

Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

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

Health Care Assessments and Plan

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

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated locally in order to add information relating to Council Tax for Care leavers.

Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers

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

Supervisory Visits to Foster Carers

This chapter was reviewed locally and updated.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

This chapter has been reviewed and updated.

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).

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

A link has been added to Attending and 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 Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (see new Section 6.2, Special Guardianship applications in care proceedings).

Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

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

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Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

This chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989).

Next Update: October 2020

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