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July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Case Summaries Guidance This chapter has been amended to reflect that recording should explore the child’s lived experience, including their education, (see Section 3, What should be included in a Case Summary?) and that case summaries should fully put a child’s situation in the current context, (see Section 2, When Should Case Summaries be Updated?).
Children's Social Care Lone Working Policy This chapter has been updated to recognise the use of the Knowsley Council ‘Arch Angel’ system. (See Section 4, Identification of Risk).
Single Assessment Framework This chapter has been updated to identify that where there is a recommendation in the Assessment for either a Child In Need Plan or a Child Protection Plan, there should be an analysis as to what will form the basis of the plan to reduce the potential risk/s to the child/ren. (See Section 5, Assessment – Timely, Transparent and Proportionate to Need, Other cases).
Transfer Policy This chapter has been updated to reflect additional criteria for transfers within the permanence service. (See Section 2, Process for Transfer of Cases).
Pre Proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) Procedures and Practice Guidance This chapter has been updated to recognise the use of the Legal Planning Meeting Screening Tool by the social worker and Team Manager. Also to note that pre-proceeding cases are tracked on a monthly basis by the Head of Service for Child in Need and Child Protection.
Marriage of a Looked After Child This chapter has been amended to reflect the decision-making process and to identify that the young person should be offered an Advocate.
Knowsley Joint Children and Adults Services: Social Worker’s Supervision Policy This chapter has been updated to amend the chapter’s appendices. The Supervision Record and Supervision Contract have been updated. (See Appendices).
Practice Standards This chapter has been amended to reflect current Departmental standards and processes.
Strategy Discussion/ Meeting Protocol This chapter has been updated to reflect current processes and procedures. Also to note a strategy meeting should be attended by the supervisors from both Local Authority Children’s Services and police, and where possible the investigating officer(s), together with representatives from other agencies, (as appropriate).
Child in Need Planning and Review This chapter has been amended throughout to reflect the current Departmental structure and decision-making processes. A new Appendix has been added (See Appendix 2: Flowchart: When A Child is Living With Someone Other Than A Parent) and the Private Fostering Flowchart has been amended (see Appendix 3: Private Fostering Flowchart). Also note that where there has been a lack of progress in a Child in Need case, consideration should be given to having a Legal Planning Meeting; the minimum standard for visiting and reviewing is 6 weekly.
Short Breaks This chapter has been updated to ensure that it complements the short breaks statement and access to sessional short breaks offered as part of targeted short breaks.
Knowsley Complex Needs and Resource Panel This chapter has been updated to ensure the chapter reflects current Departmental processes and to highlight that an assessment should evidence an application for continuing care. (See Section 3, Process).
Use of Interpreters, Signers or Others with Communication Skills This chapter has been updated to add new information regarding commissioned interpreting and translation services.
Private Fostering This chapter has been adjusted to reflect the current departmental decision-making framework and to acknowledge that Private Foster Carers are entitled to claim the required benefits from DWP to help them in caring for a privately fostered child. Also that PNC and other statutory checks are undertaken on all household members over the age of 16 years.
Decision to Look After and Post Placement Arrangements This chapter has been comprehensively amended: a new Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation has been added to explore the requirements of agreeing to the Section 20 Accommodation of a child (Children Act 1989), including a High Court decision Re S. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent). Further amendments have been made in Section 1.1, The Decision regarding permission when EDT services are operational and Section 2, The Role of the Resource Panel.
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been fully reviewed and comprehensively amended throughout to reflect that when children and young people cannot live with their parents, Knowsley will promote permanence at the earliest stage practically possible. Also, to place emphasis on the role and value of Family Friends carers and to acknowledge that support will be provided to those carers. A new section on useful organisations and further information has been added, (see Section 10, Useful Organisations and Information for Family and Friends Carers) together with a table comparing the Entitlement to support by family and friends carers under Children Act 1989 Section 17 and Section 20. A link to the Statutory Guidance has been added in Relevant Guidance.
Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISA) for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to identify the maximum saving for a Junior ISA in a tax year is £4260, (See Section 1, What is a Junior ISA?)
Children Subject to Care Orders Who are Placed at Home This chapter has been reviewed and significantly updated; a new Section 1, Consultation before Placement identifies those people and agencies who should be involved in the decision. Other sections significantly updated are Section 3, Assessment if Parents Suitability to Care for the Child and Section 5, Process. The amendments provide greater deter detail when considering a placement of a child at home.
CLA Review Process This chapter has been reviewed; Section 5, Review When Potential Adoption Placement Has Been Identified has been amended to ensure that children in an adoption placement are reviewed 6 monthly as a minimum.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Review This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that in the absence of the appropriate Head of Service then an IRO/CP Chair can chair the meeting. (However, the IRO should not also be the chair of the Looked After Review). (See Section 2, The Composition of Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews).
Health Care Assessments and Plans This chapter has been amended to add a new Section 1.8, Consent to Health Care Assessments.
Leaving Care Finance Policy This chapter has been reviewed and adjustments have been made with regard to updating the benefits available. (See Section 2.3, Care Leavers 18 years and Older and Section 3.2, Setting Up Home Allowance - Care Leaver Grant).
Personal Advisers This chapter has been reviewed and amended. This update reflects the changes in responsibilities as a result of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After This chapter has been reviewed and revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ the exceptions (see Section 2, Exceptions) from those as set out in 'Normal Frequency'. The chapter emphasises that this reflects the minimum visits and acknowledges that visits may be more frequent following a review (or other meeting) or supervision and where direct work is required with the child or young person.
Quality Assurance and Learning Framework This chapter has been fully reviewed and amended throughout. The chapter contains a new Section 2, Quality Assurance Cycle and two new Appendices: Appendix 2: Early Help Audit Process; and Appendix 3: MASH Audit Process.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter replaces the previous Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children chapter. The chapter was developed to reflect the ‘Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017)’ and contains a link to this. Please re-reference.
Sufficiency Needs Assessment for Children This chapter identifies what the ‘Sufficiency Duty’ is, acknowledging that it comes out of the 1989 Children Act (s.22G) which requires local authorities to take steps so far as reasonably practical, to provide children who are looked after and children whose circumstances are such that it would be consistent with their welfare for them to be provided with accommodation in the local authority area. The chapter also references the role of the Access to Resources team (ART) and the Knowsley’s Children in Care and Care Leavers Strategy. Please reference.
Leaving Care and Transition

This new chapter replaces two previous chapters and reflects the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on the Leaving Care Services and care leavers. Particularly:

  • The Local Offer - all local authorities must publish up-date information about the services it offers for care leavers and other services which may assist care leavers in, or preparing for, adulthood and independent living. There is a link to Knowsley’s Local Offer;
  • Corporate parenting: the Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes 7 Corporate Parenting Principles, which should include and involve not only the Local Authority providing Children’s Social Care services, but also partner agencies;
  • Continuing Support Up to the Age of 25: all Care leavers between the ages of 21 and up to 25 will be entitled to support irrespective of whether they are in education or training. Even when they may not initially choose such support, they can return and seek support, which can be provided on specific issues or on a more comprehensive basis where this is needed.

Please fully re-reference.

The Local Offer This chapter introduces The Local Offer for the care leaving service and establishes it within the Knowsley framework of its policies and values.
Care Leavers Health History This chapter reflects the importance of a young person’s health history as they leave care and identifies that as a part of this the LAC Nurse Specialist will provide a pack of information to the care leaver, meeting with the to explain and explore the purpose of this and promote their health. The LAC Nurse will seek to facilitate communication with fellow health professionals where the care leaver is living.
Standard Operational Procedure for the Provision of Care Leavers Health History This chapter, completed by NHS North West Boroughs Healthcare Foundation Trust, provides a procedure to ensure all care leavers have a health pack of their health history. (See Care Leavers Health History chapter).
Removed Chapters
  • Guidance in Respect of the Use of Written Agreements within the Child Protection / Chin in Need Process;
  • Pathway Planning and Reviews;
  • Protocol Between Knowsley Youth Offending Service and Knowsley Children’s Social Care;
  • YJB National Standards and Case Management Guidelines.

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