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December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Knowsley Information Sharing Charter This chapter has been updated by adding a new Appendix A: Information Sharing Charter. This contains a section highlighting the Objectives of the Charter; Guiding Principles and Freedom of Information as well as the Tier 2 Information Sharing Agreement (between the partners).  
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively revised with regard to providing guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment. A link to Knowsley Family Information Service has also been added in Local information.
Single Assessment Framework This chapter has been updated to recognise that a new single assessment should be completed every 12 months. However, where there are significant events that arise, an analysis with the Team Manager should be undertaken to clarify whether a further single assessment should be undertaken. (See Section 5, Assessment – Timely, Transparent and Proportionate to Need).
Disclosure and Barring Service Check or Direct Police Check The chapter has been updated by adding a link to DBS: ID checking guidelines for DBS applicants. These guidelines were introduced on 24 October 2017 and must be used from 25 January 2018. However, they run parallel with the current guidelines as part of a transitionary process, and can be used with immediate effect. Nevertheless, it is important that applicants are fully aware of the information they should provide and complete in respect of documentation.
Pre Proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) Procedures and Practice Guidance This chapter has been updated to note the process for initiating and the ending of Pre-Proceedings, (see Section 2, Pre-Proceedings).
Domestic Violence and Abuse This Knowsley SCB Chapter has been updated by adding a link to ‘GOV.UK, Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals (2017)’. This resource aims to support continuing improvement in the response from health and care services and allied healthcare partners. Note it replaces the ‘DoH Handbook for health professionals (2005)’ and ‘Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals (2006)’ and ‘Improving Safety, Reducing Harm: CYP and DV – a toolkit (2010)’.
Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board: Child Sexual Exploitation - A Framework for Professionals Working with Children who Experience, or at Risk of, Sexual Exploitation This Knowsley SCB chapter has been updated to add a new Section 8, Further Information which provides additional material and guidance. Please note also that Merseyside Multi Agency Protocol – Child Sexual Exploitation (2016 – 2107) has been added in Relevant Guidance.
Child in Need Planning and Review This chapter has been amended to recognise that a new single assessment should be completed every 12 months. However, where there are significant events that arise, an analysis with the Team Manager should be undertaken to clarify whether a further single assessment should be undertaken. The single assessment should inform the decision that identifies the child’s needs are met and a Plan is no longer required. (See Section 4, Following the Review Meeting).
Children In Need moving across Local Authority Boundaries This chapter has been updated to add a link to North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures. See Relevant Guidance.
Children with Disabilities Referral Assessment and Planning This chapter has been reviewed and updated to identify that unless there is a significant event in the child’s life, a new single assessment must be completed after 12 months to ensure there is an up to date and holistic assessment of the child’s needs.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in 'DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016)' (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Related Guidance to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017).
North West ADCS Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures This chapter has been amended to update links to North West ADCS Pre-care and Care Proceedings  - Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure; North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures and North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

This chapter has been updated to reflect the DfE, Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (November 2017), (which has replaced the previous guidance on Care of Unaccompanied and trafficked children (2014). Section 3, Assessment has been updated with regards to 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. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.

A link to NRPF network, Securing British Citizenship for looked after children (‘Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens’) has also been provided. (See Related Guidance).
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended throughout to reflect the current procedure and Departmental structure. Additionally note that where a private fostering notice appears complex then legal advise should be sought in the first instance as to the appropriateness of the private fostering arrangement. (See Section 2, Business Process for Private Fostering). Note also that a point of clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation was made: children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school they attend must also be considered as privately fostered, (see Section 1, Definition).
Transporting Children This chapter has been amended to reflect changes to the laws around booster seats and babies who now need to stay in rear facing seats until 15 months. (See Seat belts/Restraints).
Decision to Look After and Post Placement Arrangements This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3, Obtaining Parental Consent to Look After a Child).
Permanency Policy and Care Planning Procedure This chapter has been reviewed and amended to advise that care planning should be informed by an up to date single assessment completed every 12 months. Where there are significant events that arise in between, an analysis with the Team Manager should be undertaken to clarify whether a further single assessment should be undertaken. (See Section 4, Care Planning). The child’s Looked After Review should also confirm one has been undertaken in a timely way.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that IROs need to ensure each child has a single assessment completed every 12 months, or more frequently if a significant event occurs in the child’s life. Review decisions should be made on the basis of a timely single assessment.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Research in Practice, Contact after adoption, (see Relevant Guidance). This provides practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective when developing contact plans.
Quality Assurance and Learning Framework This chapter has been amended to reflect the improvements that have been following the Ofsted inspections: there is a greater focus on impacts and outcomes for the children. It also includes a new Section 6, Learning from What Works Well; Team Managers, Heads of Service, Independent Reviewing Officers and Child Protection Chairs are now encouraged to share examples of best practice in the ‘Good Practice Library’. This library is managed by the Quality Assurance and Audit Lead.
Special Guardianship Policy and Procedures This chapter has been comprehensively updated and re-drafted to reflect the Knowsley policies and practice in respect of Special Guardianship Orders (SGO). In addition to who may be eligible to apply for an SGO the chapter deals with the assessment process; Special Guardianship support: the plan, entitlement and services, financial support - including leaving care and the Appeals Process.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISA) for Looked After Children This chapter seeks to reflect the importance and purpose of encouraging a young person to save and identifies key detail about the Junior ISA. It also identify looked after children who are eligible for a Junior ISA and reflects the roles of the allocated social worker and IRO in this. The chapter has a link to relevant guidance. Please reference.
Removed Chapters
  • Adult Well being Scale;
  • Alcohol Use Questionnaire;
  • Home Conditions Assessment;
  • International Resilience Project: 15-Point Checklist for Resilience;
  • Resilience / Vulnerability Matrix;
  • Rosenburg Self Esteem Scale;
  • Tool for Drug Abuse.

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