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Derby CityChildren's Social Care Procedures

Amendments

September 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated to reflect the DfE publication Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities.

Social Care Single Assessment Guidance

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required to reflect local practice and processes for Single Assessments.

Child in Need Plans, Work and Reviews

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and substantially updated. Additional information on consent from parents and carers has been added into Section 1, Identifying Children in Need and Consent. Section 2, Child in Need Work Flow is new and sets out the ways in which Children in Need are identified and allocated in Derby and contains a useful overview of points for best practice when working with Children in Need.

Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings

Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the ways in which children young people use mobile communication and social networking to keep in touch with family and friends.

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

This guidance has been updated to include links to two summary documents / flowcharts; one provides an overview of the processes to be followed when a child ALREADY known to Children's Social Care is remanded (including a template Remand Detention Placement Plan) and the other summarises actions when a child NOT KNOWN to Children's Social Care is remanded.

Social Worker Visits to Children in Care

Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances in which visiting requirements differ from those set out in described in Section 1, Normal Frequency.

Health Care Assessments and Plans

A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added to provide additional information on the circumstances when young people can consent to their own Health Assessments and treatment.

Leaving Care and Transition

This chapter has been updated to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'Corporate Parenting Principles'.

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

This information has been reviewed locally and updated as required.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details

Restraint and Physical Intervention (Light House Community Support Team)

This new guidance describes what is meant by restraint and physical intervention and gives examples of the methods which trained staff may need to use on occasion to protect children and others from possible harm. It also covers the recording, review and notification processes which must be followed when restraint or another physical intervention has been used

Deprivation of Liberty

This online resource provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people. Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care or cared for away from home in other settings may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.

Mental Capacity

This new section links to an online resource which will support practitioners to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently. Everyone working with (or caring for) any young person from the age of 16 who may lack capacity must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

AIM2 Assessment Process

This new section contains information on the AIM2 Assessment which is a specialist assessment used in Derby to assess the level of risk of sexual harm that may be posed by a young person. The AIM2 assessment is undertaken by two suitability qualified practitioners.

Our Pledge to Children in Care

This link has been added to the manual.

Next update: March 2019

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