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Amendments

July 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Assessment This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted ‘good practice steps’ to undertaking assessments and issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth, including the assessment process. (See Section 11.1, Pre-birth, 'Good Practice Steps'.)
Court Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted what were thought to be ‘good practice steps’ to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth. (See Section 3.1, Pre-birth Planning and Proceedings).
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge set out what were thought to be ‘basic and good practice steps’ (see Section 2, Considerations).
Direct Payments A link to the 2016 edition of the DoH, Care and Support Statutory Guidance - Issues under the Care Act has been added to this chapter.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities The list of Related Guidance has been revised and updated.
Decision to Look After and Care Planning A link has been added to the ADCS/Cafcass Practice Guidance for the Use of Section 20.
Placements in Secure Accommodation This chapter has been revised to reflect the way in which secure placements are currently sought.
Looked After Children Reviews This chapter has been amended to note The Law Society guidance ‘Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings’ and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative (see Section 8, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).
Education of Looked After Children The listing of government guidance documents and associated hyperlinks have been revised and updated.
Staying Put Policy The materials and links listed above have been revised and updated.
Inter-Country Adoption A link to the Adoption Suppot Fund has been added to this chapter.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders A link to the Special Guardianship Statutory Guidance (2016) was added to this chapter. A link to the 2016 edition of the DoH, Care and Support Statutory Guidance - Issued under the Care Act has also been added.


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