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August 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Friends and Family Policy (2018) This policy which sets out the local authority’s approach towards promoting and supporting the needs of children who, for whatever reason, will be brought up by their extended family, friends or other connected people has been reviewed and updated as required. It will be reviewed again in 2020.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Decision to Look After Section 3.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional ‘permanence provisions’ of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is now required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Domestic Abuse Hub and the Role of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to describe the role of the Domestic Abuse Hub and to provide information on the daily DA Hub meetings and MARAC meetings. Links to the Calderdale DASH risk assessment and DA Hub referral form have also been added.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews A new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles has been added. Whenever a Child in Need moves to another authority, information sharing and communication between the respective authorities is important to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority.
Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the ways in which social media and mobile communication are used by Children Looked After to contact friends and family members.
Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.
Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated throughout.
Health Assessments and Health Recommendation Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added to provide information on the situations when children can consent to their own health assessments and treatment.
Leaving Care This procedure has been updated throughout to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven ‘Corporate Parenting Principles
Pathway Plans and Reviews This guidance has been updated to include additional information on the identification of risk as part of the Pathway Planning process, including when a Risk Management Plan should be considered. See Section 4, Completing the Pathway Plan for further details.
Applications for Special Guardianship (Local Authority) This guidance has been reviewed locally and extensively updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Safeguarding Children Returning to the UK from Syria This new guidance has been added to the manual.
Deprivation of Liberty This online resource provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people. Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care or cared for away from home in other settings may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.
Mental Capacity This new section links to an online resource which will support practitioners to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently. Everyone working with (or caring for) any young person from the age of 16 who may lack capacity must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Disruption Reviews

This new procedure describes the processes to be followed when a child’s placement ends in an unplanned way. The term disruption is used to describe a placement ending in a way that was not part of the Looked after Child’s Care Plan, either in the ending itself or in the timing of the termination. The disruption review process looks at the sequence of events and to learn from the experiences in order that:

  • The child’s future needs can be met;
  • The carers can be appropriately supported to recover and learn from the experience;
  • Practice can be improved across relevant social work teams.
The review may include a Disruption Meeting, though this will not be required in all cases.
Risk Management for Mopeds and Motorbikes This new guidance contains information for staff and carers in relation to the use mopeds and motorbikes by young people under the age of 18 years who are Looked After.

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