September 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Assessment Section 4, Communication has been updated to include reference to parents with learning disabilities.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability (see Section 2, Pre-proceedings) and Practice Direction 3AA - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence (see Case management in Section 4, Documentation).
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Section 3, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 2, Frequency.
Placement with Parents This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents (see Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement).
Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Health Care Assessments and Health Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Adoption Panel This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Case Records This chapter has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency.
Assessment and Approval of Inter Country Adopters Section 8, Home Study has been updated to include a link to GOV.UK Benefits.
Transition and Leaving Care This chapter has been updated to add clarification in relation to Qualifying Young People and to cover changes resulting from the The Children and Social Work Act 2017. See Definitions. The procedure needs to be re-read.
Death of or Serious Illness/Injury in Relation to a Child in Need (including a Looked After Child) This chapter has been amended. From 29 June 2018, local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.

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