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Amendments

December 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Knowsley Corporate Parenting Board - Terms of Reference This document has been reviewed and updated.
Case Summaries Guidance This chapter has been amended to reflect that recording should ensure that the impact of services on children, young people and their families are recorded clearly in the case summary. This section should be updated every three months when the case summary is updated.
Child & Family Assessment Framework This chapter has been further updated to reflect the Practice Guidance in respect of Signs of Safety.
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. Protocol for Cross-Border Local Authority Communication in Children’s Services - North Wales Children’s Services and North West Local Authorities Children’ Services has been added as new.
Child in Need Planning and Review This chapter has been further updated to reflect the Practice Guidance in respect of Signs of Safety.
Preventing Homelessness: Protocol between Knowsley Housing Trust, Family First and CSC This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect local referral processes.
Knowsley Multi-Agency Permanency Panel - Terms of Reference This chapter has been reviewed locally and refreshed where required.
Duty to Promote the Educational Attainment of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to incorporate changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. A new section has been added with regard to Unaccompanied Migrant Children, and the role of the Virtual School Head in relation to Previously Looked After children is emphasised.
When a Child is Absent from School and School Exclusions This procedure has replaced the previous procedures When a Child is Absent from School, and Concerns about Behaviour and School Exclusions.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 12, Representations/Independent Review Procedure.
Supervision of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards - Notification of Significant Events (see Section 1, Introduction) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, (see Section 2, Planned Supervision Visits).
Knowsley Foster Carer Review Policy A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 3, Termination/Revision of Approval.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody The Pan Merseyside Protocol: Preventing the Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked After Children has been updated.
Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to ‘Relevant’ or ‘Former Relevant’ young people.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
Designated Managers This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
What Impact do we have on the Lives of Children, Young People and their Families? This chapter has been added.
Signs of Safety Practice Guidance This document has been added.
Practice Standards for Children Looked After This guidance has been added.
Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings This chapter reflects statutory guidance in relation to children who are placed by health authorities or local authorities for more than 3 months in residential establishments for educational purposes and children placed in care homes or independent hospitals (including hospices) by health authorities or local authorities (Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989). This guidance is not relevant for Looked After Children.
Family Time With Parents, Siblings and Other Significant Family & Friends This chapter has been added.
Care Leavers Standards This guidance has been added.
Removed Chapters
  • Process for Social Workers Signing Off Reports in line with GDPR;
  • Case Records and Retention;
  • Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations;
  • Access to Records / Subject Access Requests;
  • Placements in Children's Homes;
  • Concerns about Behaviour and School Exclusions;
  • Contact with Family and Friends.

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