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June 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Pre-Birth Assessment This chapter has been amended to acknowledge the concerns of concealed pregnancies. A new section has also been added to recognise issues in respect of non-compliance by the parent(s) in respect of the pre-birth assessment, (see Section 9, Non Compliance with Pre-birth assessment). Note also a new chapter ‘No Access Visit Guidance’ has been referenced in Relevant Chapters.
Transfer Policy This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that the fortnightly transfer meeting will be chaired by the Group Manager and to note that Placement with Parents will remain with the Child Protection / Child in Need Service rather than transfer to the Child Looked After Teams. Also, prior to transfer, the social workers will meet to ensure a smooth transfer.
Knowsley Complex Care and Resource Panel This chapter has been amended to re-title the chapter and to acknowledge that the Vice Chair of the Panel will be the Commissioning Manager – Children.
Family and Friends Care Policy This chapter has been updated to add a link to Looking after someone else’s child (GOV.UK) (see Relevant Guidance). This offers advice and guidance to a range of allowances and financial support that carers may be eligible for.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 2.3, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review. A link has also been provided to Standards for children in the youth justice system 2019. (See Related 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 this tax year is £4368, (See Section 1, What is a Junior ISA?)
Children Subject to Care Orders Who are Placed at Home This chapter has been reviewed and updated to recognise that children on Care Orders placed with parents are amongst our most vulnerable children, therefore care planning meetings should take place once every six weeks. Also, All Care Orders at home will be considered at the Legal Permanence Panel. The Panel will scrutinise the appropriateness of the legal order for the child with a view to reaching a position whereby discharge of the order can be applied for. (See Section 6, Supervision of Placement).
Care Leavers Released from Custody Protocol - Joint Working Arrangements between Children’s Social Care (CSC), Youth Offending Service (YOS), Merseyside Probation Service (NPS) and Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)

This chapter has been updated to reflect current working roles and responsibilities between relevant partners working with young people leaving custody. It is firstly important to identify whether an individual is a Relevant or Former Relevant or Qualifies under the care leaving legislation and regulations. The chapter focuses on ‘Planning for Release’ and ‘Support in the Community’ and has links to appropriate local support networks. It also links to the Ministry of Justice and YJB, ‘Standards for children in the youth justice system, 2019’.

Please fully reference.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been updated in relation to placing young people in custody, see Section 7.7, How to Request a Transfer or Placement Review. In addition the chapter notes that interviews of arrested young people should not be agreed to without a solicitor being present, (see Section 2, Looked After Children who are Arrested) and that any Looked after child in custody will be visited monthly. (See Section 7.3, Social Work visits). A link to Standards for children in the youth justice system 2019 and YJB, Case management Guidance has been provided (see Related Guidance).
Special Guardianship Policy and Procedures This chapter has been updated to identify the role of the Family and Friends Support Service in undertaking viability assessments (see Section 2, Pathways to Special Guardianship); considering making a referral to the Adoption Support Fund for additional therapeutic services if this is outlined as required, (see Section 3, Special Guardianship Support Services), but noting the Support Plan should identify where universal support services are needed, (see Section 6, Support Plan). 
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Complex Case Discussion Terms of Reference This chapter seeks to deal with a multi-agency/professional process and approach designed to promote fresh thinking and an approach in those cases that perhaps challenge traditional and ‘typical’ processes and practice in terms of intervention and resolution strategies. Note the relevant Appendices. 
No Access Visit Guidance This chapter is guidance For Children’s Social Care staff, social workers / Family First and Family Support workers in relation to ‘No Access visits’ to Children and Families, i.e. staff have been unable to see a child and / or family in line with their duties and responsibilities. Staff must discuss this with their line manager within 24 hours and ensure actions and decisions are carefully recorded. Please reference this chapter.
Working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

When working with unaccompanied asylum seekers, please use this guidance to assist you in meeting their needs. The chapter contains a number of links to relevant resources and tools and should be read in conjunction with statutory guidance and other relevant chapters.

This chapter replaces the previous Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Quality Assurance and Learning Framework

This chapter describes the principles and purpose of quality assurance activity, and replaces a similar previous chapter.

The framework sets out the principles that underpin quality assurance and learning which are informed by the “Signs of Safety” strengths based approach to practice that has been adopted across children’s safeguarding services. The overall aim of the framework is to support colleagues across Children’s Social Care to achieve better outcomes for children and to understand what constitutes ‘Good’ social work practice.

It will be reviewed in March 2021.

Please re-reference.

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