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 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Integrated Working and Case Transfer Procedure This procedure has been updated.
Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated with additional guidance on Pre-Proceedings and Letter for Proceedings in Section 1.3, Pre-Proceedings.
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended. It confirms in Section 14, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends that any request for support by the young person should be made to the local authority in which they are resident or where the education and training is being provided.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect Section 3 of the Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The Care Plan must identify whether there is reason to believe the child has been trafficked or is an unaccompanied asylum seeker (see Section 2.1, The Care Plan - Contents).
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to note that this procedure does not apply to children subject to Interim Care Orders where the placement is required by the court under Section 38(6) Children Act 1989 for the purposes of assessment, (see Scope of this Chapter).
Social Worker Visits to Children in Care This chapter has been amended to include a link to the Leaving Care and Transition Procedure in relation to Personal Adviser visits to ‘Relevant’ or ‘Former Relevant’ young people.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been reviewed and updated. The requirement for clear separation of reviews (for clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met, and the child’s looked after review) has been emphasised. Clarifying whether the criteria for keeping a child in secure accommodation are met must come before a LAC review so the decision can inform the LAC review and they must be chaired by different individuals.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read.
Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated. Amendments have been made in:

  • Section 5, Leaving Care Assessment of Needs - in relation to children who are victims of trafficking or unaccompanied asylum seeking children;
  • Section 7, Reviews of Pathway Plans - in relation to Relevant/Former Relevant young people moving to 'unregulated' accommodation; and
  • Section 8, Personal Advisers - in relation to frequency of visits by Personal Advisers.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 9, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval In Section 1, Usual Fostering Limit on Number of Children a link has been added to The Usual Fostering Limit, Exemptions, and Terms of Approval of Foster Carers (England) Guidance.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been updated to reflect in more detail the foster carer’s role and responsibilities with respect to Fostering National Minimum Standards - Notification of Significant Events (see Section 2, Overview) and relevant aspects of Schedule 6 The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, (see Section 3, Planned Supervision Visits).
Review of Foster Carers A link has been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 6, Representations/Review Procedure.
Foster Carer Payments Policy Section 6, Calculating Foster Carer Allowances document has been updated to reflect the rates from April 2019.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters This chapter has been amended to reflect the national changes in adoption registration and matching (see Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation). A link has also been added to Attending an IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 9, Representations / Independent Review Procedure.
Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records A link has been added to Attending and IRM Panel: Information Sheets. See Section 3.2, Adoption Orders made on or after 30 December 2005.
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship This chapter has been updated to note the Family Court Justice Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (May 2019). See Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report to Court, initial note, points 11 and 12.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Adoption East Midlands: Regional Adoption Agency Thischapter contains an overview of the new arrangements.
Support for Foster Carers who Adopt This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.
Rescinding Adoption Plans for Children These documents have been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Placement Panel Form;
  • Financial Support for Adopters (Practice Guidance).

Next update: May 2020


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