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October 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Private Fostering A link to the Hull Safeguarding Children Board One Minute Guide to Private Fostering has been added.
Young Carers This guidance has been updated throughout to provide additional detail on the circumstances in  which local authorities are required to carry out a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment and the areas of need which should be covered by this assessment.
Case Records for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to note that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry (see Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records).
Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgment on Ordinary Residence which was included in DoH, Care and Support Statutory Guidance (December 2016). (See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence).
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court acknowledged that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, and emphasised that its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.2, Obtaining Parental Consent’).
Placements with Connected Persons (formerly Family and Friends) Section 3, Assessing the Suitability of a Connected Person has been updated to remind staff that one of the matters to be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person includes an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.
External / Agency Placements for Children and Young People This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current processes for obtaining external or agency placements for children and young people. Appendix 1: Joint Commissioning Panel Terms of Reference has been replaced with the most recent version.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This procedure has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include a reminder that, as part of the assessment process, consideration should be given as to whether the home environment is safe for the child including, where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – A Guide for Commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Role of the Independent Conference and Review Officer This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Conference and Review Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review, June 2015. In particular, the need for the ICRO to be sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child who is looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be any difficulties or issues.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays with Friends) This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include that where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account both in relation to the pet itself and the environment where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a consultant to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Inter-County Adoption Information in this procedure has been reviewed and additional detail added on the service commissioned from Yorkshire Adoption Agency in respect of Inter Country Adoptions.
Non-Agency Adoption This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current arrangements for allocating Non Agency Adoptions to social workers in the relevant locality teams.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This procedure has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the latest DfE Special Guardianship Guidance.
Supervision Policy This policy has been rewritten. Links to documents to be used in support of the supervision process have been added into the Appendices.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: "a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children." It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally. This new guidance considers the benefits of, and barriers to, promoting the involvement of children and young people in the work of Children's Social Care, and explains the processes Hull City Council have put in place to encourage the participation of children and young people.
Retention, Archiving and Destruction of Records This new guidance contains the council’s policy and requirements in relation to the retention, archiving and destruction of Children’s Social Care records.
Regional Special Guardianship Toolkit This new section links to documents produced to support Special Guardianship, including information for parents, special guardians and children and tips for developing Special Guardianship Support Plans.
Deleted Chapters
  • Case Discussion Guidance.

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