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Amendments

January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Supervision Policy Clarification has been added to Section 2, Frequency of Supervision, emphasising that in all cases monthly supervision should be the norm and only rarely should a case be reviewed less frequently. If it is agreed a case needs less frequent management oversight the reasons for this must be clearly set out in the case record.
Access to Records Requests for access to records are now managed by the compliance team rather than the social worker – Section 4, Handling Formal Requests for Access.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children 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.
Placements in Foster Care The chapter has been amended throughout and should be read in its entirety.
Holidays and School Trips in the UK There have been a number of minor amendments and the chapter should be read in its entirety.
Health Care Assessments and Plans Section 3.2, Frequency of Health Care Assessments and Section 3.4, Arranging Health Care Assessments have been amended to clarify the timescale requirements of health plans and who must be involved in health care assessments.
Restrictive Physical Intervention A number of minor amendments to Section 3, Who May Use Physical Interventions? and Section 4, Criteria for using Physical Interventions have been made. The key issue is that the child’s social worker must be informed in a timely manner of any use of restraint.
List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers This chapter has been updated.
Aspire Adoption Procedures Updated Chapters
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters There are a significant number of amendments throughout the chapter to reflect the change from Bournemouth Adoption Service to Aspire and it should be read in its entirety.
Adoption Panel A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Placement for Adoption A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency. A link to Contact After Adoption has also been added. This is a set of 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.
Adoption Support This chapter has been reviewed and updated when a small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Disruption of Adoptive Placements A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Inter Country Adoption A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Non Agency Adoption There are a number of amendments throughout the chapter to reflect the change from Bournemouth Adoption Service to Aspire and it should be read in its entirety.
Adoption Case Records A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency
Intermediary Services This chapter has been reviewed and updated when a small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency.
Early Permanence - Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency
Applications for Special Guardianship Orders A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency
Later Life Letters A small number of changes have been made to clarify the change to Aspire Adoption Agency
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Whistleblowing This chapter has been added to the manual.
Young Carers Policy This chapter has been added to the manual. It provides 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 young person). This assessment is called a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment.
Leaving Care and Transition This chapter has replaced the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety.
Statement of Purpose This chapter replaces the previous chapter of the same name and should be read in its entirety.
Aspire Adoption Procedures New Chapters
Aspire Statement of Purpose This new chapter for the new adoption service should be read in its entirety.

Next update: July 2018


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