Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual

Amendments

November 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Integrated Services Policies, Priorities and Principles A new section has been added on Corporate Parenting in response to the DfE, Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers – Statutory Guidance (Feb 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
Confidentiality Policy This guidance has been reviewed and updated  following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Unexpected Death or Serious Injury to a Child From 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Recording Policy This chapter was revised to reflect Nottingham City requirements and should be reread.
Case Records and Retention Section 1, The Case Record has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permits the transfer of a copy of the child’s case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child.
Supervision Policy and Procedure This policy document has been updated.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Children's Disability Service This procedure has been updated throughout to reflect the role and responsibility of the Whole Life Disability Team and should be reread.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This chapter has been revised throughout and should be re-read.
Relinquished Children Section 5, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law.
Social Worker Visits to Children in Care 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.
Looked After Reviews Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs’ recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans New Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated throughout and should be reread.
Review of Foster Carers Section 6.2, Proposal to Revise the Terms of the Foster Carer’s Approval was updated and should be reread.
Adoption Panel In Section 1, Adoption Panel Purpose and Function under Monitoring the following has been added: 'The Adoption Panel monitors the progress of individual children for whom adoption is the plan up to the making of an Adoption Order through progress reports, as required under the Placement for Adoption Procedure; and receives a summary and thematic analysis of any breakdowns in adoptive placements at the annual adoption panel training events and in the annual report. It is the responsibility of the Adoption Manager to collate and present such reports in consultation with the Adoption Panel Adviser.'
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 13, Review of Prospective Adopter's Approval has been completely revised and should be reread.
Disruption of Adoptive Placements

The following information has been added to the Scope box: 'Where there has been an adoption breakdown prior to the granting of an Adoption Order the prospective adopters approval status will be Reviewed.  If this Review recommends that the prospective adopters are no longer suitable to adopt, the same procedures should be followed as set out in Section 13, Review of Prospective Adopters' Approval AND Section 9, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.

Where the disruption takes place after lodging for adoption order then the same procedure should be followed as set out in Section 4, Disruptions After Lodging'.

Adoption Case Records Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency. Further information was added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made.
Local Contacts The local contacts have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Child Protection Dispute Resolution Policy This policy has been added to the manual.
Children in Care Dispute Resolution Policy This policy has been added to the manual.

Next update: May 2019


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