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Amendments

October 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 3 Assessment has been updated remind workers that, in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities was added.
Placements with Parents A new Section 3, Forms, has been added to include links to all paperwork needed when a Placement with Parents is being proposed.
Looked After Children (LAC) Reviews Section 4.2, Other Times when LAC Reviews can be Held has been updated to include a details of the situations / circumstances when the ICRO may want to consider bringing the LAC Review forward.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Section 10, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify that 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.
Placement for Adoption This procedure has been updated to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring birth parents are provided with information throughout the process, including being informed of the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section Procedural Fairness).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Step Up / Step Down This new guidance explains the procedure to be followed when working with children and families who may need to either ‘Step Up’ to Children’s Social Care involvement from Targeted Early Help support, or ‘Step Down’ from Social Care involvement to support from Targeted Early Help or single specialist, targeted or Universal Services.
Hull City Council Legal Planning (Gateway) and New Admissions Panel - Terms of Reference

These documents outline the process for implementing the new Legal Planning (Gateway) and New Admissions Panel. The Panel will determine the threshold for accommodation, pre proceedings and instigation of care proceedings;

Initiate any work that is needed to ensure Legal orders are gained at the earliest opportunity, reducing drift and delay and addressing any barriers to progress the case.

Improve the timeliness, quality and planning of cases within Children’s Social Care. The Terms of Reference sets out the types of cases the Panel will consider, the paperwork which must be submitted to the Panel and Panel membership.

Legal Gateway Meeting Requests (Flowchart)
Deprivations of Liberty This new procedure should be used by practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, to identify if a deprivation of liberty is occurring.
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.
Need to Know - Informing the Director About Serious Issues Please add the attached word document and mark as new on contents. Please add the following to the amendment table - This document sets out the process for informing the DCS of serious incidents involving children, young people and families. The document begins by describing the types of incident which should be reported to the DCS and then contains a form which should be used to when sharing details of the child / young person and the incident.

Next Update: October 2018


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