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

May 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Integrated Services Policies, Priorities and Principles This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read.
Family and Friends Care Policy A new Related Guidance Section has been added to this chapter.
Family Support Strategy The link to this Strategy has been updated.
Nottingham City Protocol for Children's Assessment This chapter has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic.
Assessment Under the Children Act 1989 - Working Together 2015

The following new sections have been added to this chapter:

  • Section 1, Assessments Under the Children Act 1989;
  • Section 2, The Purpose of Assessment;
  • Section 3, Process of Assessment;
  • Section 4, Communication;
  • Section 11, Timescales;
  • Section 15, Assessing Family Abroad.
Integrated Working and Case Transfer Procedure This document has been updated.
Hospital Discharge Planning (NCSCB) The Discharge Planning Meeting Guidelines - Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board document has been updated.
Safeguarding Babies at Birth and Young Infants (NSCB) This document has been updated.
Legal Planning Meeting This chapter has been revised to reflect good practice steps in pre-birth situations (as set out in a recent High Court Judgement). Minor revisions were also make throughout the chapter to better reflect Nottingham City practice.
Recording Policy This chapter has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic. Section 8, Retention and Disposal has also been revised to reflect Nottingham City requirements.
Access to Files Policy and Procedure for Approved Organisations This chapter has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic.
ESCR Restrictions Policy This chapter has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic.
Supervision Policy and Procedure Appendix 4: Case Discussion has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter has been finalised.
Going Home Toolkit This document has been updated.
Direct Payment Procedure This chapter has been revised to reflect the change from Carefirst to Liquid Logic.
Chronically Sick and Disabled Person's Act 1970 for Disabled Children This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Short Breaks - Threshold and Access Criteria This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Carers Assessments of Parents/Carers for Disabled Children This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016) (see Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added to guidance on SEND: 19 to 25 year olds’ Entitlement to EHC Plans (DfE 2017). The Related Guidance Section above has also been enhanced and updated.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers Section 3, Assessment has been revised to make reference any “issues that may indicate that the child is or has been trafficked or a victim of compulsory labour, servitude and slavery”.
Placements with Connected Persons Section 1, Introduction has been extensively revised. Appendix D: Schedule 4 Initial Connected Persons Assessment Form and Appendix E: Payments of Allowance by Bank Transfer have also been entirely replaced. Further minor changes have also been made throughout the chapter. Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons has also been updated to include matters that should be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should include an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept. A new Related Guidance section has also been added.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full. This includes a reference to Secure Accommodation - Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, which, with immediate effect, enables local authorities to make placements in Secure accommodation under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989) (see Section 7.1, Placement Request, Identification and Approval).
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Section 1, Youth Remand Framework under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has been revised to make reference to the Nottingham City (PACE) Joint Protocol for the Safeguarding and Transfer of Children & Young People from Police Custody to Local Authority Accommodation & Secure Accommodation.
Placements With Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to indicate that 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.
Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015). In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues. Section 4, Role of the IRO in Relation to Children Subject to Care Proceedings, has been further revised to reflect the ADCS/Cafcass ‘Agreement About How Local Authorities and Cafcass Can Work Effectively in a Set of Care Proceedings and Pre-Proceedings in the English Family Courts’.
Contact With Parents and Siblings This chapter has been extensively revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans The Related Guidance section has been added to this chapter to include a link to Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care - NICE Guidelines (NG26).
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 4.3, Assessments has been updated to indicate that, where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Further minor updates of terminology and links have also been made throughout the chapter.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Relinquished Children This new chapter deals with the first stages of the adoption process for relinquished children, whilst signposting other key processes that should be progressed and which are expected for any child who is Accommodated or where the plan is for adoption. It also summarises the counselling and support that will be made available to the birth family in these circumstances. Once a decision is made and consent is formally given, although not irreversible, the adoption process is as for any other child.

Next update: November 2017


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