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Derby CityChildren's Social Care Procedures

Amendments

 

March 2021

CAPTION: March 2021
   
Updated Chapters
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Capacity and Consent

Information was added in relation to NICE Quality Standard: Decision-Making and Mental Capacity. See Section 6, NICE Quality Standard: Decision-Making and Mental Capacity.

Supervision Policy

The Early Help and Children’s Social Care Supervision Template / Record linked from Appendix D: Early Help and Children’s Social Care Supervision Template / Record has been updated.

Application for Special Guardianship Orders

This procedure has been updated to reference a report by the Public Law Working Group on Special Guardianship Orders. A note has been added into Section 6, Approval of Special Guardianship for Children in Care reminding that particular attention should be paid to the consideration of supervision orders made alongside SGOs. There must be very specific reasons to recommend a supervision order, as the SGO should be robust enough to safeguard the child. A new Appendix 2: Public Law Working Group: Special Guardianship Order Report has also been added containing a document which summarises a webinar from the Association of Lawyers for Children on the Public Law Working Group: Special Guardianship Order Report.

Provision of Accommodation for Children through Voluntary Arrangement (Section 20)

This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed as required to reflect current practice in Derby.

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

A new Section 7, Pocket Money and Allowances has been added to this chapter, setting out the process for making such payments to children and young people who are remanded.

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

A new Section 10, Use of Inherent Jurisdiction to Authorise a Placement Involving a Deprivation of Liberty When One or More of the Relevant Criteria Under Section 25 Children Act 1989 are Not Satisfied has been added. Section 6, Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years has also been updated following publication of revised DfE guidance.

Ceasing to Look After a Child

This procedure has been reviewed and updated as required to ensure it continues to reflect practice locally.

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

This procedure has been reviewed and information added on applying for a copy of a birth certificate online.

New Chapters and Features
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Equality and Diversity Policy

This chapter explains how Derby City Council promote equality and diversity - both as an employer and in the delivery of services.

A Guide to Parent Needs Assessments

A parent carer needs assessment aims to give parents/carers a chance to tell Children’s Services about the things that could make looking after their disabled child easier. The assessment focuses on the parent / carer and their needs, and seeks to identify sources of support.

Next update: September 2021

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