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Amendments

September 2017

Updated/Amended Chapters
Chapter Name Details
The Hertfordshire Policy Statement on the Education of Children Looked After This document has been revised and updated.
Access to Records Links have been added from this chapter to the current edition of the leaflet “Your Access to your Records” and to Access to the Information We Hold on You on the Hertfordshire website.
Criteria and Threshold Guidance - Meeting the Needs of Children and Families This chapter has been revised and updated throughout and should be re-read in full.
Consent to Information Sharing An updated Information Sharing Consent Form has been added to this chapter.
Step Up/Step Down Process and Transfer Protocol This document has been revised and updated.
Safeguarding Referrals for New and Open Adoption Cases This document has been revised and updated.
Legal Planning Meetings This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Death or Serious Injury to a Child This chapter has been updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Activities A link to the Holiday Risk Assessment Form has been added to this chapter.
Transporting Children Section 2, Seat Belts and Restraints has been revised to link to Child Car Seats – The Law as published online by HM Government.
Young Carers The hyperlinks in Section 3, Early Intervention and CAF have been revised and updated.
Private Fostering Section 2, Legal Definition has been revised to clarify the private fostering status of children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence during holiday time in a school.
Families With No Recourse to Public Funds A link to Securing British Citizenship for looked After Children - NRPF Network has been added to this chapter
Mental Capacity Act Hyperlinks in this chapter have been revised and updated.
0-25 Together Service The title of this chapter has been changed (from Disabled Children) and Section 4, Panels has been entirely revised and updated. Appendix 1: 0-25 Panel Workflow and Appendix 2: Appeals Process for 0-25 Together Panel have also been updated.
Short Breaks A link to Friendship For All (The Children’s Society) has been added to this chapter (above) however the chapter remains under review.
Hertfordshire Access to Resources Panel (H.A.R.P) and Delegated Authority for Resource Agreement A link to the MAP Panel Terms of Reference has been added to this chapter.
Decision to Look After and Initial Care Planning Section 1.3, Obtaining Parental Consent to Look After a Child has been revised to reflect the outcome of a recent Court of Appeal hearing.
Guidance Placement Stability This document has been revised and updated.
Placement Support Meetings This chapter has been fully revised and should be re-read in full. A new Appendix 1: Placement Support Meeting Flowchart has also been added.
Ceasing to Look After a Child A link to Case Management Responsibilities for 16 and 17 Year old Leaving Care has been added to Section 3, Children who are ‘Eligible Children’ – Transition into Adulthood.
Holidays and School/Organisational Trips Abroad/Outside the UK A link to the Holiday Risk Assessment Form has been added to this chapter.
Holidays and School/Organisational Trips Within the UK A link to the Holiday Risk Assessment Form has been added to this chapter.
Health Care Assessments, Health Checks and Health Care Plans Additional information regarding the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire process has been added to Section 2.8, Emotional Health of Children Looked After and Care Leavers including Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Guidance. A link to Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People who are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care - NICE Guidelines (NG26) has also been added.
Allowances and Payments Hyperlinks in this chapter have been revised and updated.
Direct Work and Life Story Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been added to this manual. It replaces a previous chapter entitled 'Preparing a Child for Permanent Placement'.
Life Story Books The chapter has been significantly revised and should be re-read in full.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Family Safeguarding Workbook PGN (July 2017) This document has been added to the Staff Access Library.
Family Safeguarding Exemplars This document has been added to the Staff Access Library.

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