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Amendments

May 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter was 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. (See Section 3.1, Pre-birth Planning and Proceedings).
Pathway to Public Law Outline This chapter was updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge set out what were thought to be ‘basic and good practice steps’. (See Section 5, First Legal Planning Meeting (LPM)).
Recording Policy for Children’s Social Work This chapter was significantly updated throughout to add links to Brighton’s Corporate Intranet including, ‘One Story Recording’ and to reflect local processes and procedures. A note was also added in respect of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry, (see Section 1, Core Principles).
Access to Records This chapter was updated to add a note in respect of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which requires all institutions to retain their records relating to the care of children for the duration of the Inquiry.
Children’s Services: Pre-Birth Assessments This chapter was updated to reflect current practice and also guidance following a court matter which sought to identify ‘good practice steps’ for the removal of a child at birth, (see Section 2, Instructions for recording on CareFirst and work-flow).
Private Fostering (including Language Schools Using Host Families) This chapter was updated to reflect current organisational procedural changes in respect of the Assessment and to adjust the detail with respect to children staying in school during school holidays in line with Schedule 8 of the Children Act 1989.
Sexual Exploitation This chapter was updated to replace the government guidance with ‘DfE, Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners (2017)’ and to add the definition in Section 1, What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Placements in Secure Accommodation A note was added in respect of Secure Accommodation - Placements in Scotland: Schedule 1, Children and Social Work Act 2017, with immediate effect, now enables local authorities to make placements in Secure accommodation under Sect 25 (Children Act 1989). (See Section 2, Consultation and Planning).
Special Guardianship This chapter has been updated to add the DfE updated Special Guardianship Guidance Statutory-Guidance (20 January 2017). A note was also added in Section 2, Parental Responsibility, identifying the Special Guardian’s capacity to make decisions without seeking permission from the parents and Section 3, The Legal Framework, clarifying an additional point with respect to who may apply.
Looked After Reviews This chapter was 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 was 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, June 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 Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter was updated to reflect 'DfE, Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review (2015)' particularly with respect to children in permanent placements, (see Section 1, Normal Frequency).
Children’s Trust Fund This chapter was amended to add a link to 'DfE, Junior Individual saving accounts for looked-after children - Statutory guidance for Local Authorities (2017)'. Please also note that the maximum saving level for Junior ISAs is £4128, see Section 4, Can Additional Payments be Made?
Staying Put Policy and Practice Guidance This chapter was updated to add a link to ‘NCAS, Staying Put: What does it mean for you?’
Assessment of Dogs This chapter was amended in to add a link to Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures: Dangerous Dogs. In addition Section 7, Further Advice has been refreshed with updated, useful references.
Standards of Care Procedure for Foster Carers (Brighton and Hove Foster Carer's Handbook) This chapter has been replaced with a link to the Brighton & Hove Foster Carer’s Handbook to enable practitioners and managers to be clear about the standards and expectations, locally and nationally, that can be expected from Brighton & Hove foster carers.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name  
Information Governance This chapter was introduced into the Manual.
Strengthening Families Assessments This chapter links to Brighton & Hove’s intranet and replaces the previous ‘Single Assessment Guidance’ chapter. Please re-reference.
Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures: Dangerous Dogs This chapter links to the Pan Sussex chapter on ‘dangerous dog’. The chapter highlights the legal context; issue of dogs within families; Owners and Families and Practitioner Guidance. All practitioners should have awareness of this chapter – please reference.
Removed Chapters
  • Combined LAC Review and Review Child Protection Conferences - The Safeguarding of Children in Care.


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