Amendments

June 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews This chapter was updated by adding a new Section 5, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles. Information and communication is important between the respective local authorities to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority. It should be noted that the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child lies with the local authority where the child is to be found.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Section 3, Assessment has been updated with regards to: 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 has been added. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Vctims of Modern Slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated to reflect that the DBS has no eligibility for a standard or enhanced check for birth parents or other adults living in the household. However, the Local Authority has a requirement under the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England Regulations) 2010 to obtain information about unspent convictions and cautions before placing a child back with parents (see Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement).
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive (see Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews).
Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify 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: The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 4: 5.39 and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service's decision-maker. Additionally, Section 4.1, Checks has been amended to note that all those 16 and above in a household need to have a completed DBS check.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to emphasise 'procedural fairness' as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including 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 4.2, Procedural Fairness).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity These procedures link to a tri.x site and provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people. Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care, or cared for away from home in other settings, may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.
This is a developing area, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate. If you are uncertain as to whether a case may involve a deprivation of a child's/young person's liberty, you should seek legal advice.

Next Update: December 2018

February 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan added by s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Section 2.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan (s. 8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Permanence Planning Guidance Section 5, Assessing and Planning for Permanence, has been updated to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan (under s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Placement for Adoption Section 1, Planning for Permanence has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 1(4)(f) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002) into the list of considerations that whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4.1, Duty to Consider Fostering for Adoption Placement has been updated to reflect the additional consideration (added by section 9 Children and Social Work Act 2017 into the list of considerations whenever a court or adoption agency is coming to a decision relating to the adoption of a child), of the relationship which the child has with relatives, with any person who is a prospective adopter with whom the child is placed and with any other person in relation to whom the court or agency considers the relationship to be relevant.

June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Child's Assessment (including Section 47 Enquiries) Links have been added to an Assessment Practice Guide and International Child Abduction and Contact Unit – Forms and Guidance in the Relevant Guidance section.
Short Breaks - Care for Disabled Children This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Private Fostering This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the increase in the annual limit on contributions to Child Trust Funds/Junior ISAs for Looked After Children (to £4128).
Rotherham Looked After Children and Care Leavers Sufficiency Strategy 2017-2021 An updated version of this document has been added.
Placements with Connected Persons Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Looked After Children with Connected Persons has 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.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to include 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.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to note The Law Society guidance 'Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings' and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative. (See Section 8, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).
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.
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Promoting Good Health and Well Being

A link has been added 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) in the Related Guidance section. This guideline covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties in children and young people up to age 18 who are adopted from care, in special guardianship, looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care), residential settings and other accommodation, or on the edge of care. It aims to address the many emotional and psychological needs of children and young people in these situations, including those resulting from maltreatment.

Staying Put Policy This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Fostering Service - Statement of Purpose An updated version has been added.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Supervision and Support of Foster Carers has been updated to include that the duties of the Fostering Supervising Social Worker also include reviewing the Safer Caring Plan and any changes in household circumstances and assessing and reviewing any health and safety issues within the fostering household including the addition of any new pets.
Adoption - Statement of Purpose An updated version has been added.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments has been updated to include 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.
Inter Country Adoption

Section 3, Initial Meeting the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances.

In Section 4, Formal Approval, a link has been added to Intercountry adoption: means test form which contains information on how to apply for a fee reduction for people who wish to adopt a child from overseas and who earn £45,000 per year or less.

In Section 12, After Approval information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption Forms: checklist for adoption which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
Life Story Books A Life Story Book – Guidance and Notes and Life Story Book Template have been added to the Related Guidance and Information section.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Evolve - Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation Team This chapter has been added to the manual.
Children and Young People's Continuing Care Policy This document covers how NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group will apply its duties for Children and Young Peoples Continuing Care.
Relinquished Children This 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.
Looked After Children and Care Leaver's Strategy 2017-2020 This chapter has been added to the manual.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been added to the manual.
Deleted Chapters
  • Family CAF and CAF;
  • Family CAF Paperwork;
  • Family Nurse Partnership (FNP);
  • Families for Change Family Support Service Referral Guidance;
  • Families for Change Family Support Service Referral Form;
  • Families for Change Intense Family Support Project;
  • Families for Change Intense Family Support Referral Guidance;
  • Families for Change Intense Family Support Referral Form;
  • Family Recovery Programme (FRP);
  • Family Recovery Referral Routes and Criteria;
  • Family Recovery Programme Referral Form.

December 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Newly Qualified Social Worker Assessed and Supported Year in Employment Framework This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Child's Assessment (including Section 47 Enquiries) This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted 'good practice steps' to undertaking assessments and issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth, including the assessment process.
Transfer of Cases This chapter has been updated to reflect that references to MASP were replaced with PLO Proceedings Panel.
Children's Disability Team This chapter has been updated and replaced the former chapter entitled, Children's Disability Service.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Links were added to the National Framework for Children and Young People's Continuing Care and 0-25 SEND code of practice: a guide for health professionals. Advice for clinical commissioning groups, health professionals and local authorities in the Related Guidance section.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Links were added in Section 4, Child's Assessment to The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) website to Age Assessment Guidance and Information Sharing Guidance for UASC 'good practice documents'.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted what were thought to be 'good practice steps' to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth. Section 9, The Final Hearing and Section 10, The Issues Resolution Hearing were also added.
Private Law - Section 7 and 37 Reports Section 3, Section 37 Introduction, references to MASP were replaced with PLO Proceedings Panel.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning A link has been added to the ADCS/Cafcass Practice Guidance for the Use of Section 20.
Placements in Foster Care Section 2, Placement Request has been updated with regards to all requests for placements should be made to the Placements Team.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Education of Looked After Children A link has been added to Mental Health Behaviour in Schools Guidance (DfE 2016) in the Related Guidance section.
Internet Safety Policy for Looked After Children A link has been added to Child Safety Online, A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media in Appendix D: Useful Websites and Telephone Numbers.
Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 1, Recruitment and Responding to Initial Enquiries, information has been added with regards to where an enquiry is about inter-country adoption, information should also be given about the policy on fees and an estimation of the costs the prospective adopter will have to pay to the agency and the Department for Education.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Intermediary Services Section 4, Deciding Whether to Proceed with the Application has been updated to reflect that if, at any time, the intermediary agency ascertains that the subject of an application is under the age of 18, it must not proceed further with the application.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Section 4, Fostering for Adoption has been updated to reflect that if, at any point during the planning of a Fostering for Adoption placement or if the child is already in such a placement, there is any change to the circumstances of prospective carers, including relatives, a planning meeting with the Fostering for Adoption carers and all professionals involved should take place to consider the new information at the earliest opportunity, so that the carers can make an informed choice about their position. Similarly, this also allows the local authority to consider their position in light of the change in circumstances.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This chapter deals with recording of meetings/conversations by individual service-users, in their capacity as private individuals. Note that the employees of the local authority, acting in their professional capacity, are subject to different legislative requirements, e.g. under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Legal Gateway Planning Meetings This chapter deals with the purpose, arrangements and recording of Legal Gateway Planning Meetings.

June 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting Code) A link has been added to Whistleblowing About Children's Social Care Services to Ofsted – Guidance in the Related Guidance and Information section.
Convening a Child Protection Conference (Initial and Review) A link has been added to Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual, Child Protection Review Conferences Procedure.
Direct Payments Section 7, Hospital Stays has been added
Short Breaks This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This chapter has been updated with regards to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the consideration of any issues that may indicate that the child is or has been trafficked or a victim of compulsory labour, servitude and slavery.
Special Guardianship Support Services Policy This chapter has been revised and updated to reflect the enhanced assessment and reporting requirements (for all applications made from 29 February 2016) as set out in the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.
Private Law - Section 7 and 37 Reports Section 1, Private Law Applications has been added with regards to changes to public funding in relation to private law applications to court for any Section 8 Orders.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been extensively updated with particular regard to Section 20 accommodation and gaining parental consent and should be read throughout.
Placements in Residential Care This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Placements with Connected Persons This chapter has been extensively updated including notifying the IRO of the approval of immediate placements of looked after children with connected persons and as the connected person will be temporarily approved as a foster carer, they will be required to sign a foster carer agreement. This chapter should be read throughout.
Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings This chapter has been significantly updated with regards to the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (June 2015). Section 2, Different Types of Contact and Section 6, Cancellation, Suspension or Termination of Contact have been added.
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Section 3, Special Guardianship - Matters to be Dealt with in Report for the Court, has been revised and updated to reflect the enhanced assessment and reporting requirements (for all applications made from 29 February 2016 as set out in the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

December 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Confidentiality Policy This chapter has been updated to reflect Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (March 2015).
Short Breaks Section 7, Short Break Settings, revised links to new Quality Standards for Children's Homes and Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the increase in the annual limit on contributions to Child Trust Funds/Junior ISAs for Looked After Children (to £4080).
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Placements in Foster Care A new Section 10, Long Term Foster Placement has been added to this chapter.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect arrangements with regards to a child in a long-term foster placement.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been updated, including the addition of a new Section 10, Looked After Reviews Concerning Children in Long Term Foster Placements.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been updated to reflect Children's Homes Regulations 2015.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Ceasing to Look After a Child This chapter reflects the statutory guidance 'Ceasing to look after a child' in 'Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations (2015)' as amended by the 'Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015' together with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Tattooing and Body Piercing Policy Fashion trends have increased the body parts that are pierced. With this in mind, looked after children's requests to be pierced or tattooed need to be taken into consideration in light of current youth culture, but subject to appropriate safeguards contained within this policy.

August 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Applications for Emergency Protection Orders This chapter has been updated including Section 2, Decision to Apply for an EPO to include the Director, Safeguarding Children and Families ratification is required before the application is made including whether the application should be made ex parte (i.e. without prior notice being given to the parents).
MASP (Pre-Proceedings) and Care Proceedings - A Practical Guide This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter replaces previous separate chapters regarding Court Proceedings and the Public Law Outline.

July 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Social Work Progression Framework This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read in its entirety.
Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting Code) A link has been added to Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and employers in Health and Social Care (2014) in the Related Information section.
Retention of Documentation and Destruction of Files In Section 2, Destruction of Files, a note has been added to say all child related documents are to be kept indefinitely.
Family CAF Paperwork An updated 2.1.3.1 Family CAF Form has been added.
Child's Assessment (including Section 47 Enquiries) A link has been added to Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders Departmental Advice for Local Authorities, Social Workers, Service Managers and Children's Services Lawyers July 2014 in the Relevant Guidance section.
Direct Payments This chapter has been updated throughout in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 Part 3 (children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities) and the Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014. The chapter should be re-read.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children This chapter has been updated to reflect Care of Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Care of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children (2014).
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been updated in line with Looked-after Children: Contact with Siblings - Update to Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review. Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Actions Required After a Decision to Look After is Made, in relation to sibling placement.
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, and the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. The main changes are in relation to adoption, specifically Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters.
Out of Area Placements This chapter has been updated in line with the above guidance, and should be re-read.
Placements in Secure Accommodation This chapter has been slightly updated. Links have been added to related guidance and chapter.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read in its entirety.
Placements with Parents This chapter has been updated. Additional information has been added into Section 1.9, Ending of Placement, to take account of recent case-law.
Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Contact with Parents and Siblings This chapter has been updated in line with statutory guidance. Additional information has been added in to Section 1, Approving and Planning Contact, in relation to sibling placement.
Education of Looked After Children This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated in regard to a local authority should have a flexible approach to supporting young people aged 16 and 17 years back in to care if a young person's decision to move into semi-independent accommodation, leave care or decline leaving care services is then identified as premature.
Staying Put Policy This chapter has been updated to clarify where a Staying Put arrangement is in place, the local authority, where appropriate, may consider delegating part of the Personal Adviser function to the foster carer.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers A link has been added to the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England (2014) in the Related Information section.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 and the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. Information has been added in relation to:

  • Fostering for Adoption (Sections 1 and 5.4);
  • Adoption Register (Section 9);
  • Duty to provide information on adoption support services (Sections 1 and 2);
  • Ethnicity (Section 15.3).
Placement for Adoption

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014, and the overall aim of speeding up the adoption process. The chapter has been updated throughout and should be re-read. The main changes are in relation to:

  • The duty to consider Fostering for Adoption placements;
  • The removal of the requirement to give due consideration to a child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background when matching a child and prospective adopters;
  • Post-adoption contact;
  • Placing of siblings.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. A new Section 2, Duty to Provide Information Concerning Adoption Support, has been added.
Intermediary Services This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding and Specialist Service - Top 10 Service Standards This document has been added to the manual.
Need to Know Procedure: Essential Reporting for Safeguarding and Children's Services These guidelines set out a process to capture and track any such incidents.
North West Regional LADO Retention Policy This policy has been compiled by the North West Regional LADO group to provide guidance to LADOs and other agencies in relation to the retention of information collated by LADOs.
Contact between Parents and their Children in Hospital where there are safeguarding concerns This protocol provides outline guidance to all professionals on the need for effective communication, assessment and planning when it is identified that a parent or other adult may present a risk of harm whilst a child is admitted to hospital.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This procedure sets out the specific provision under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs or disabilities and their carers'. For the purposes of the Act, 'young person' is someone aged 16-25. The Care Act 2014 introduced changes to adult care and support. This also includes transitions for young disabled people into adulthood, and support to carers.
Private Law - Section 7 and 37 Reports This chapter has been added to the manual.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters This procedure deals with placement of a child with carers who are dually approved, i.e. approved both as prospective adopters and as local authority foster carers.

November 2014

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family Recovery Programme (FRP) An updated Family Recovery Programme Referral Form has been added.
Child Arrangements Order (with Residence Requirement) Allowance This chapter has been updated to reflect that Child Arrangements Orders, introduced in April 2014 by the Children and Families Act 2014 (which amended section 8 Children Act 1989) replace Contact Orders and Residence Orders.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to the No Recourse to Public Funds Network in the Related Information section.
Court Proceedings Sections 1, Introduction and 6 Parallel Criminal Investigations have been added.
Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the updated Public Law Outline came into effect on 22 April 2014, alongside the statutory 26-week time-limit for completion of care and supervision proceedings under the Children and Families Act 2014.
Care Proceedings - A Practical Guide This guide has been updated.
Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the increase in the annual limit on contributions to Child Trust Funds/Junior ISAs for Looked After Children (to £4000) as from 1 July 2014.
Permanence Planning Guidance This chapter has been updated to reflect the change to Child Arrangement Orders as result of the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Education of Looked After Children Section 1, Duty to Promote the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children and links to Keeping Children Safe in Education and Guidance on Designated Teacher for Looked After Children has been added.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has been updated in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised May 2014). Information has been added in relation to Section 5, The 16-19 Bursary Fund and Higher Education Bursary, and a new Section 6, Young People Resuming Education or Training After 21 and Section 10, Access to Records have been added.
Staying Put Policy This chapter has been updated throughout in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised May 2014) and should be re-read.
Staying Put Procedure This chapter has been updated throughout in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers (revised May 2014) and should be re-read.
Fostering Service - Statement of Purpose This has been updated.
Adoption - Statement of Purpose This has been updated.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Family CAF Paperwork This chapter links to relevant paperwork which is available in different languages.
Step Down Where a child no longer requires statutory social work intervention, but needs are still such that a multi-agency team around the family is necessary to sustained improvement and reduce risk factors, then a Family CAF should be put in place.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Looked After Children placed in foster care or residential care.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Process The information contained in this chapter is a proposed process for ensuring that each looked after child and young person between the ages of 4 and 18 years old receive an assessment of their mental health and that where there are indications of difficulties this is acted on.
Rotherham Looked After Children Strategy 2014 - 2017 This strategy is an ongoing initiative, rather than a completed piece of work. It sets out improved outcomes for all our children and young people in care and what needs to be done by all those involved in the development and delivery of services to looked after children. Whilst the local authority is the lead agency in developing and implementing this strategy, it has and is being developed and implemented by a range of professionals working in the local authority and key partner agencies, such as, for example, colleagues in health and schools.
Leaving Care and Accommodation Statement of Purpose This Statement of Purpose has been added.
Family Finding Process This chapter has been added to the manual.