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Amendments

December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Private Fostering This chapter has been amended to add clarity to the definition of private fostering with regards to the legislation and children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds This chapter has been updated in December 2017. A link to NRPF has been added. 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.
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.)
Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children This chapter has been updated. In Section 1, Normal Frequency, the frequency of visits to Looked After Children has been clarified.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Children’s Society ‘Advocacy services for children and young people – a guide for commissioners’. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to children in need and looked after children.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been updated by adding a link to research in practice: Contact After Adoption. This guidance offers 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.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Threshold for Assessment & Guidance to Level of Service Intervention This has been replaced with the latest version. It should be read in its entirety.
Bath and North East Somerset Pre-Birth Protocol This has been replaced with the latest version. It should be read in its entirety.
Bath and North East Somerset Multi Agency Guidance for Female Genital Mutilation This new chapter can be found in the Documents Library.
Young Carers This chapter has been replaced with the latest version. It should be read in its entirety.
Protocol for Joint Working Across Adult Mental Health Primary Health and Children’s Social Care This new chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been added to the manual.
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders This chapter has been added to the manual.
Lone Working Policy This chapter has been replaced with the latest version. It should be read in its entirety.

Next update: June 2018


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