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November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children in Need Plans and Network Meetings - Practice Guidance  This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that children subject to Supervision Orders as a result of care proceedings or private law proceedings should be identified as children in need. A meeting should be held in a timely way before the Order expires.
Young Carers This chapter has been extensively revised with regard to providing guidance on identifying and supporting young carers. Since April 2015, local authorities have had a duty to take 'reasonable steps' to identify children in their area who are young carers, and to determine if they need support. Local authorities must carry out an assessment whenever it appears that a young carer has a need for support (this could be either in their capacity as a young carer or in a more general sense as a child or a young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer's Needs Assessment.
Private Fostering (including Language Schools Using Host Families) This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect the changes to the Front Door for Families and the creation of a new dedicated Private Fostering Social Worker post in Brighton and Hove Children’s Social Work.
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).

Links were added to: guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017); to DfE/DOH Send Resources page (which contains a range of resources to support the work on special educational needs and disability) and Carers Trust (which has information on working with young carers including assessment tools).
Deprivation of Liberty Guidance This chapter has been amended with regard to the ‘deprivation of liberty’ to children under 16 years. Parental consent should be sought for children subject to Section 20; where a care order is in place an order from the court is required. In some circumstances a Restrictive Intervention Risk Assessment (RIRA) should be completed and signed by parent/carers and relevant professionals, (See Section 5, Under 16 year olds).
Brighton and Hove Policy on Missing Children This chapter has been revised to reflect the current organisational structure and to add a Flow Chart and guidance from the Sussex Police (see Relevant Local Policies and Procedures). The chapter also acknowledges the ‘Weekly Missing Meetings’ (see Section 9, Information Sharing and Notification).
Brighton and Hove Missing from Home Practice Guidelines This chapter has been significantly amended throughout: Brighton and Hove has adopted the Sussex Police Missing Children Reporting Procedure which includes guidance on assessing risk. Section 4, Agreed Procedure when a Child goes Missing has been fully amended, as has Section 5, Strengthening Families Assessment’s, which focusses on Triggers for undertaking a Strengthening Families Assessment. A flow chart has also been added to assist in clarifying the procedure. (See Appendix 1: Procedure for When a Child/Young Person is Missing from Home or Care Flowchart ).
Brighton and Hove Missing from Care Practice Guidelines This chapter has been revised to amend the definition of ‘Missing’ and to confirm that the Sussex Police procedure is followed, (see Section 3, Procedures to be Followed). This section also confirms the actions and procedure to be followed when Looked After Children go missing. In some circumstances it is thought best for the social worker to undertake the Section 5, Return Interviews.
Young People’s Accommodation and Support Pathway: Missing Children (16/17 year olds) in Supported Accommodation Procedure   This chapter has been significantly revised and amended throughout to reflect that Brighton and Hove follow the Sussex Police Missing Children Reporting Procedure. (See Relevant Guidance.) Additionally, the chapter includes the Procedure for When a Child/Young Person is Missing from Home or Care Flowchart.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning This chapter has been amended to reflect the outcome of an Appeal Court hearing (2017) with respect to ‘consent’. The court recognised that the term ‘consent’ itself was not used in Section 20. However, it described previous court observations as ‘good practice guidance’, emphasising its judgment should not alter the content or effect of these. (See Section 1.3.1, Obtaining Parental Consent).
Placements with Parents Section 3.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement was 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, and so other avenues can be explored. Additionally, Section 3.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement was 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.
Family and Friends (Connected Persons) This chapter has been updated to reflect that when placing a child with a Connected Person an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept, should be taken into account, (see Section 2, Assessing the Suitability of a Connected Person).
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that should a child subject to Special Guardianship Order die, the responsibility for funeral arrangements reverts to the parents or other person with parental responsibility. (See Section 16, Special Guardian Duty on the Death of the Child).
Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) This chapter has been extensively updated, including the re-titling of the chapter, following a review of the information, in order to focus on the key issues around a Looked After Child’s social contacts.
Sexual Health and Relationships This chapter has been updated to update links and contact details to Brighton and Hove Sexual Health and Contraception service.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required. The chapter also confirms that the supervising social worker should visit monthly when a child is in placement and that any variance to this schedule should be agreed with the manager. (See Section 3, Frequency of Supervision).
Adoption and Permanence Statement of Purpose This statement has been fully reviewed and updated throughout and now reflects the structure of the Department and respective roles.
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.

Links to First4Adoption and Adoption Match replace the National Gateway and National Register.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated to add a link to research in practice, Contact after adoption - practical resources which bring together knowledge from research and practice to support professionals to be reflective and explore their own assumptions, attitudes and values when developing contact plans.
Assessment and Approval of Inter Country Adopters This chapter has been significantly updated and summarises the role of the Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) in a new Section 1, The Role of the Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) and includes contact details for them. Additionally, ‘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. Links were also added to ‘GOV.UK Adopting a child from overseas’ and ‘Adoption Support Fund’, (see Relevant Links).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name  
Family Group Conference Service This new chapter replaces a chapter dealing with the same subject and has been re-titled. The chapter identifies the purpose of the service and the process involved, including ‘what happens’ in the conference. It acknowledges that the child’s voice should be heard; they can be supported by an advocate from Brighton & Hove’s Youth Advocacy Project.
Applications for British Citizenship for Looked After Children This chapter links to the NRPF, Network Securing British Citizenship for looked after children. The NRPF have highlighted important information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens, with regard to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured.
Financial Support for Care Leavers This Brighton and Hove chapter details a variety of financial supports available to Care Leavers and replaces three previous chapters seeking to deal with the same.
Removed Chapters
  • Brighton and Hove Early Help Partnership Strategy 2014 – 2017;
  • Financial Support for 18 and 25 yr old Young People from the Support Through Care Team and Young Persons Asylum Service;
  • Education and Training Support for Care Leavers aged 21 – 25 yrs in Education and Training from the Support Through Care Team and Young Person’s Asylum Service.

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