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2024

February 2024

Life Story Books Guidance

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Placements in Other Arrangements

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Case Retention

This chapter was updated in February 2024 in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

This chapter was refreshed Febrauary 2024.

Supporting the Education and Promoting the Achievement of Children with a Social Worker, Cared for and Previously Cared for Children

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

Section 5.2.5, Providing Support was updated in February 2024 to reflect the Home Office increase in financial support to individuals waiting to find out if they will be given asylum in the UK.

Non Agency Adoption

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

A new Section 2, Ordinary Residence was added in February 2024.

Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management

This chapter was updated in February 2024.

Decision to Look After

This chapter was updated in February 2024.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

This chapter was amended in February 2024 to include information from Special Educational Needs and Disability: Improving Local Authority Decision Making - Report of the Administrative Justice Council’s Working Group on Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Adoption Reviews - Children

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Adoption Panel

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Adoption Case Records

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty was updated in February 2024 to include information from 'Guidance - Placing Children: Deprivation of Liberty Orders - guidance for providers, social workers and placement commissioners on placing children, subject to a deprivation of liberty order (DoL), in unregistered settings' and 'President of the Family Division Practice Guidance: Placements in Unregistered Children’s Homes in England or Unregistered Care Home Services in Wales'.

Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

This chapter was updated in February 2024.

Allegations Against Foster Carers

This chapter was refreshed February 2024.

Early Permanence: Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters

In February 2024, this chapter was refreshed and a link added to National Early Permanence Practice Standards (Coram Centre for Early Permanence).

Health and Safety

In February 2024, additional information was added about online safety.

Placement for Adoption

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

In February 2024, information was added into Section 4, Care Orders and Supervisions Orders on a Care Plan of the Child Remaining at Home in relation to Supervision Orders, in line with Public Law Working Group (PLWG) Recommendations to Achieve Best Practice in the Child Protection and Family Justice Systems: Supervision Orders.

Placements in Residential Care

In February 2024, this chapter was updated to include information from 'Guidance - Placing Children: Deprivation of Liberty Orders' - guidance for providers, social workers and placement commissioners on placing children, subject to a deprivation of liberty order (DoL), in unregistered settings and 'President of the Family Division Practice Guidance: Placements in Unregistered Children’s Homes in England or Unregistered Care Home Services in Wales'.

2023

August 2023

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

In August 2023, this chapter was updated to reflect the updated Public Law Working Group Best Practice Guidance. This includes the new interim guidance, issued by the President of the Family Division, that addresses the lawful extension of care proceedings beyond 26 weeks.
Section 7.3, Placement before a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is Granted was added in line with guidance that states where there is no pre-existing relationship between the child and special guardians the child should be placed on an interim basis before the special guardianship order is made.

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

Section 8, Court Hearings was updated in August 2023 in line with A View From the President’s Chambers: Relaunching the PLO (November 2022), and that section should be re-read.
In Relevant Guidance, a link was added to Pre-proceedings and Family Justice Hub (Research in Practice).

Allegations Against Foster Carers

In August 2023, this chapter was amended in line with revised Keeping Children Safe in Education. A new Section 2, The Difference Between an Allegation of Harm and a Concern was also added.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter was revised in August 2023 to include information from the revised Ofsted inspection framework. Also, a note that with effect from 1 April 2023, the leaving care allowance increased from £2,000 to £3,000.

Capacity and Consent

In August 2023, amendments were made to reflect case-law in relation to assessing legal capacity.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

In August 2023, information in relation to allergies was added into Section 4, Health Plans.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

In August 2023, this chapter was updated to include information from Guidance: Area SEND Inspections Framework and Handbook (November 2022). Information in relation to legal aid for foster carers and prospective adoptive parents in First Tier Tribunal appeals was also added into Section 15, Resolving Disagreements.

Children Involved in the Youth Justice System: Additional National Guidance

This chapter was added in August 2023.

Ofsted Inspection Framework

Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted

In August 2023, this chapter was amended in line with revised Keeping Children Safe in Education. Section 2, The Difference Between an Allegation of Harm and a Concern was also updated.

Case Retention

This chapter was updated in August 2023 in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child

This chapter was amended in August 2023 to reflect that the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 raised the age of marriage and civil partnership to 18 in England and Wales, with effect from 26 February 2023.

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

In August 2023, this chapter was amended to include information from Annex to MOJ Circular 2022/03: Additional Information on Remand to Local Authority Accommodation (RLAA).

Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management

This chapter was amended in August 2023 to incorporate Ofsted feedback. Additional information was also added into Section 2, Positive Behaviour Support and Section 5.4, Recording of Sanctions.

Health and Safety

In August 2023, information in relation to allergies was added into Section 6, Diet, Nutrition and Allergies.

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

This chapter was amended in August 2023 to include a Further Information section.

Decision to Look After

Section 3, Section 20 Accommodation was updated in line with case-law in August 2023.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This chapter was updated in August 2023. Information in relation to the National Age Assessment Board was added into Section 4, Assessment.

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

In August 2023, this chapter was updated to include information from the UK Social Work Practice in Safeguarding Disabled Children and Young People report.