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LeicestershireChildren and Family Service Procedures Manual



March 2021

CAPTION: March 2021
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These details have been updated.

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CAPTION: SI Current Amendments
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Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This chapter has been updated to reflect changes from ‘Practice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)’, in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents, (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court). In addition, a new subsection of Section 4.1, Local Authority Documentation - ‘Final Care Plan’ provides further detail on the importance of recording information on the Care Plan which will help the child, parent or the child’s carer understand why decisions have been or are being made.

Complaints and Representations

Information contained in this procedure has been reviewed and refreshed as required.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This chapter has been updated and should be reread.

Placements in Secure Accommodation

Section 6, Placements of Children under 13 Years has been updated following publication of revised DfE guidance.

Out of Area Placements

Details have been added in Section 3, Placement Considerations that when a Looked after Child or young person with complex health needs and/or disabilities is moved out of the area, it is important that a comprehensive knowledge of health and allied health services is understood. Liaison about the health needs of the Child or young person needs to take place with the Looked after Health Team in Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT).

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

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.

Holidays and School Trips in the UK

This guidance has been reviewed and updated.

Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout. Section 4, Insurance Cover has been updated to include details of how to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which provides access to reduced cost or free medical insurance in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Section 5, Obtaining a Passport has also been updated to link to reissued Home Office guidance for Local Authorities Children’s Services Departments when Applying for Passports on Behalf of Children.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated. Amendments were made in:

  • Section 5, Leaving Care Assessment of Need - in relation to children who are victims of trafficking or unaccompanied asylum seeking children;
  • Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans - in relation to Relevant/Former Relevant young people moving to 'unregulated' accommodation; and
  • Section 8, Personal Advisers - in relation to frequency of visits by Personal Advisers.

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

A revised link has been added to Prepare for a review panel: adopters and foster carers.

Next Update: September 2021

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