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Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Single Assessment Process: Overview This guidance has been reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect current processes for carrying out Assessments in Derbyshire.
Section 47 Enquiries This procedure has been reviewed and extensively updated. Links to relevant Practice Matters guidance documents have also been added.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (added by Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amending Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter has been updated, a new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles has been added to emphasise the importance of information sharing and communication between the respective local authorities when a Child in Need Moves. This should help to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 5, Age Assessments and Disputeshas been updated to note that, in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Permanence Planning Guidance Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated to reflect the additional the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (under Section 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017, amending Section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Locality Care Planning Panel This guidance has been reviewed throughout to describe the operation of the Locality Care Planning Panel and the Care Planning Scrutiny Panel Process.
Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Placement for Adoption

Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been revised to reflect the updated list of considerations (as amended by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which must be referenced whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child. Following the introduction of the Children and Social Work Act, this list now includes consideration of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

The procedure also been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Procedural Fairness).
Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been revised to reflect the updated list of considerations (as amended by Section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017) which must be referenced whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child. Following the introduction of the Children and Social Work Act, this list now includes consideration of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

Next Update: December 2018


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