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Amendments

June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Placements with Connected Persons A note has been added into Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons in relation to carrying out a risk assessment of any pets in the household, and their living conditions, as part of the initial viability assessment.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before has been updated to include a note that, when assessing whether the home environment is safe for the child, consideration should be given to the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Contact with Parents and Siblings This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers

The following information has been added into Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement):

  • The Safer Caring Plan should be updated as required to reflect any changes in household circumstances and any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets to the household including the environment in which the pets are kept.
Allegations, Incidents and Concerns Against Foster Carers This guidance has been rewritten and should be read in full.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include that, where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account both in relation to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders and the Special Guardianship Support Scheme This procedure has been updated to include details of the Adoption Support Fund which now also covers therapeutic support for children, living in England, who were in care immediately before the making of a Special Guardianship Order. See Section 12, Special Guardianship Support for details.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This new chapter deals with recording of meetings/conversations by individual service-users, in their capacity as private individuals.

Next Update: June 2017


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