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RutlandChildren and Young People's Service Procedures Manual

Amendments

March 2017


Local Information

New Chapters
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Scheme of Delegated Responsibility

These details have been added to the manual.

Shared Information

Updated Chapters (all three authorities)
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Assessments

This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted ‘good practice steps’ to undertaking assessments and issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth, including the assessment process (see Section 11.1, Pre-birth ‘Good Practice Steps’).

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted what were thought to be ‘good practice steps’ to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth (see Section 3.1, Pre-Birth Planning and Proceedings).

Legal Planning Meetings

This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge set out what were thought to be ‘basic and good practice steps’ (see Section 2, Considerations).

Case Records and Retention

A note has been added to Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records with regards to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (GODDARD INQUIRY/IICSA) – The Chair of the IICSA issued a notice, dated 2nd July 2015, to all local authority chief executives. The scope of this notice is very broad. It requires that all records/information (in any format) relating to child protection, safeguarding and the provision of services to children must be retained, pending the conclusion of this national inquiry. This supersedes all other guidance relating to the retention and destruction of records, and applies to all council records, particularly those relating to Children’s Services.

Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings

Section 1, Placement Planning Meetings has been updated with regards to the first Placement Planning Meeting in relation to a placement should be held before the placement. Where this is not possible because of the urgency of the situation, It should be held within 5 working days. The Placement Plan must be prepared for the meeting.

Placements with Connected Persons (Kinship Care)

Section 4, The Placement has been updated with regards to the first Placement Planning Meeting in relation to a placement should be held before the placement. Where this is not possible because of the urgency of the situation. It should be held within 5 working days. The Placement Plan must be prepared for the meeting.

Placements in Secure Accommodation

This chapter has been updated to acknowledge the President of the High Court’s judgement regarding applications in English courts for Secure Accommodation placements in Scotland (see Section 4.1, Placement Request, Identification and Approval).

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been updated to note The Law Society guidance ‘Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings’ and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative (see Section 8, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities)

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

This chapter has been slightly updated and should be re-read.

Life Story Books Guidance

Section 1, What is a Life Story Book? has been updated with regards to it is good practice that all children who are looked after have a Life Story Book.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

In Section 7, Report to the Court, a note has been added to say: For a child in Care proceedings, the Connected Person's assessment (Form C) may be used in lieu of the Regulation 21 report; this allows the court to make a SGO if appropriate at the final hearing. For a child already on a Care Order, the child's Social Worker and the Fostering Supervising Social Worker may write a joint Regulation 21 report, and support plan.
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Guidance on the Use of Written Agreements

This is based on learning from Serious Care Reviews in other LA and this contains a model written agreement which is shown as completed document using fictitious names.

Relinquished Children

This chapter deals with the first stages of the adoption process for relinquished children, whilst signposting other key processes that should be progressed and which are expected for any child who is Accommodated or where the plan is for adoption. It also summarises the counselling and support that will be made available to the birth family in these circumstances. Once a decision is made and consent is formally given, although not irreversible, the adoption process is as for any other child.
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