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Amendments

December 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Police and Social Care Joint Working Protocol This chapter has been reviewed and amended to reflect ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. The chapter includes a child sexual abuse pathway. Please re-reference.
Protocol Between Knowsley Youth Offending Service and Knowsley Children's Social Care This chapter has been updated and amended throughout to reflect current Knowsley organisational practices.
Pre Proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) Procedures and Practice Guidance This chapter has been reviewed and minor amendments have been made throughout.
Decision to Look After and Post Placement Arrangements Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law. Also, amendments have been made regarding Knowsley processes: note Careful consideration must be given to matching the placement to the needs of the young person, in order to maximise the opportunity to support and care for the child or young person (see Section 1.4, Placement Planning) and any care plan must be signed by the practitioner and agreed by the Team Manager before the Head of Service can consider authorisation. (See Section 6, Approval of the Care Plan).
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been amended to update contact details for support agencies. (See Section 10, Useful Organisations and Information for Family and Friends Carers).
Children Subject to Care Orders Who are Placed at Home This chapter has been reviewed and 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 note.
Child Looked After Reviews Section 10, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs’ recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed. Also, the IRO should consider and account for where there may be issues of any deprivation of liberty, (see Section 6, Role of the Social Worker).
Death or Serious Injury of 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. The chapter reflects the amendments of Working Together to safeguard Children and included the update reporting form to Ofsted.
Allegations Against Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed and amended to focus on circumstances where foster carers receive allegations. The chapter confirms that managers dealing with such issues should seek advice and guidance from the LADO at the initial stages (see Section 3.1, Initial Action). A template letter to the carer has been included, (see Appendix 1: Letter Advising an Allegation Has Been Made).
Allegations Against Prospective Adopters (and Foster Carers) This chapter has been reviewed and amended to focus on circumstances where Prospective adopters receive allegations. The chapter confirms that managers dealing with such issues should seek advice and guidance from the LADO at the initial stages (see Section 3.1, Initial Action). A template letter to the carer has been included, (see Appendix 1: Letter Advising an Allegation Has Been Made).
Relinquished Children Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Intimate and Personal Care Policy This chapter has been reviewed and amended to refresh the chapter with regard to policy and some practice with regard to safeguarding, e.g. where staff have any concerns about physical changes in a child's presentation, e.g. marks, bruises, soreness etc. they should immediately report concerns to the appropriate manager / designated person for child protection. Safeguarding procedures will then be followed and guidance provided to the member of staff. (See Section 8, The protection of Children).
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated. Please reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations

This chapter deals with recording of meetings/conversations by individual service-users, in their capacity as private individuals. Note that the employees of the local authority, acting in their professional capacity, are subject to different legislative requirements, e.g. under the Data Protection Act 2018.

This is a developing area, and legal advice must be sought as necessary.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter deals with the issues where service users seek access to their records and includes the updated Data Protection Act 2018. Please reference.
Direct Payments Policy Direct payments are a means by which children, young people and their families can direct their own care and support. They are monetary payments that are paid either to a young person, or to the parent or carer of a child or young person up to the age of 18 or to a nominated third party. Direct payments promote independence, choice and inclusion by enabling the purchasing of support that KMBC would otherwise provide. They are made available for those children and young people who have been assessed as eligible or in need of the provision of a service where it is determined for needs to be met by the provision of a direct payment. There is a statutory duty to assess a child who is at risk of significant harm or who requires additional support. The chapter identifies the conditions for receiving direct payments and what they can be used for. Please reference.
Access to Resources (ART) Placement Process This new chapter is a flow chart, describing the process for seeking and acquiring a placement for a child. Please reference.
Deprivations of Liberty This chapter applies to all social care practitioners carrying out any social care function with children who are receiving care or treatment in any setting. The level of deprivation is not comparable to the level of restriction normally placed on child or young person of that age, or in all circumstances the child is over 12, and constitutes a breach of Article 5 of the Human Rights Act.
Removed Chapters
  • Family Group Conference Policy;
  • Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities;
  • Guidelines for Transporting Young People on Remand.

Next Update: June 2019


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