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Amendments

November 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Referral and Assessment Guidance including Making a Safeguarding Referral and the Transfer Processes across the Social Work Service This chapter has been amended to update links to 'Information Sharing Advice for Safeguarding Practitioners Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers'. (See Relevant Guidance).
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to provide some emphasis on parents who lack capacity and added links to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note, and a relevant link to working with parents who have a learning disability, (see Section 2, Pre-proceedings and Practice Direction 3aa - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence). (See Case Management in Section 4, Documentation).
Recording Policy for Children’s Social Work This chapter has been updated to reflect the ‘Information sharing – Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (2018)’, which itself reflects the Data Protection Act 2018.
Access to Records / Subject Access Requests This chapter has been substantially amended, updated and re-titled to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Adoption Case Records Section 3, Security, Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency’s functions as an adoption agency. Further information has been added in relation to adoption records where an Adoption Order is not made.
Homeless Young People A link to ‘Shelter, Local Connection (How the council must help)’ has been made. Note also updated statutory guidance has been introduced, ‘DfE, Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless and/or require accommodation’. (See Scope Box).
Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) This chapter has been updated to reflect 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', changing a quotation from a previous version. (See Section 5, Advocacy and Confidentiality).
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery The chapter replaces a previous, similar chapter and has been developed to reflect the ‘Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (2017)’ – which itself replaced statutory Guidance of 2014 regarding Unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The chapter contains a link to the updated statutory Guidance.
Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been updated to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (See Section 2, Key Practice Principles).
Brighton and Hove Policy on Missing Children This chapter has been revised to note changes in return interviews, noting statutory guidance and sign posting the procedure to One Space. (See Section 8, Arrangements for Return Interviews and Who Offers Them). Please reference.
Brighton and Hove Missing from Home Practice Guidelines This chapter was amended to note changes in return interviews and sign posting the procedure to One Space. (See Section 6, Conducting Safe and Well Checks when Children and Young People are Found). Please reference.
Brighton and Hove Missing from Care Practice Guidelines This chapter has been revised to note changes in return interviews, noting statutory guidance and sign posting the procedure to One Space. (See Section 5, Return Interviews). Please reference.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning Additional information has been added in to Section 1.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law.
Permanence Policy This chapter has been further amended throughout to tighten some language and promote a more gender-neutral approach to referencing aspects of the child.
Children Looked After being Placed Outside Brighton and Hove and Children Being Placed in Brighton and Hove by Other Local Authorities This chapter has been amended, to reference the Children Act 1989 Regulations and Guidance – Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review, 2015 (Placements out of the authority’s area).
Looked After Reviews The chapter has been significantly updated throughout and to reflect the three types of review: Me and My World Review; Pathway Plan Review and Adoption Plan Review. Additional practice guidance has been provided. Section 9, The Role of the Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs’ recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed.
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency. A new section has been added Section 6, Consequences of Visits to identify that where there is concern that a placement does not appear to meet a child’s needs, Regulation requires the IRO is informed and that the local authority reviews the child’s plan. Additionally, the Brighton & Hove Visiting & Review Schedule for Looked After Children has been updated, (see Relevant Local Guidance).
Contact with Parents / Adult and Siblings Supervised Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact and that due consideration should be given to this.
Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added. This distinguishes between key issues such as age of the child and competency.
Leaving Care Policy

This chapter has been comprehensively amended to reflect the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on the Leaving Care Services and Care leavers. Particularly:

  • The Local Offer - all local authorities must publish up-date information about the services it offers for care leavers and other services which may assist care leavers in, or preparing for, adulthood and independent living;
  • Corporate parenting: the Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes 7 Corporate Parenting Principles, which should include and involve not only the Local Authority providing Children’s Social Care services, but also District Councils (where appropriate) and partner agencies;
  • Continuing Support Up to the Age of 25: all Care leavers between the ages of 21 and up to 25 will be entitled to support irrespective of whether they are in education or training. Even when they may not initially choose such support, they can return and seek support, which can be provided on specific issues or on a more comprehensive basis where this is needed.

The chapter also reflects the adjustments required following the introduction of the GPDR and Data Protection Act 2018.

Adoption and Permanence Panel This guidance has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Notification of Significant Events This chapter has been updated to reflect Working Together to safeguard Children and to take account that from 29th June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident. A link to the Ofsted online Reporting Form has been provided.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name  
Managing Unreasonably Persistent Complainants This guidance describes how we deal with people whose communication is unreasonably repetitive, difficult, intimidating or oppressive. The chapter seeks to ensure a consistent, balanced and proportionate and therefore fair approach as a way of dealing with repetitive, difficult, intimidating, oppressive complainants. It provides a detailed process for ensuring the aims of the policy are met. Please reference and familiarise yourself with the contents.
Corporate Parenting Strategy This chapter contains the Brighton & Hove Corporate Parenting Strategy. The Strategy responds to a letter from children and young people who attended the ‘Our Choice’ activity days and includes the Brighton & Hove Pledge and Vision. The Forward notes: ‘This strategy demonstrates the commitment to you across Agencies and the Local Authority and will be a living document. We will work with every child and young person to ensure your needs are met and that we always listen to you'.
Updated Terminology

The following chapters have been amended to update Working Together to Safeguard Children quotations:


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