Berkshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
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Amendments

January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Initial Contacts and Referrals This chapter has been revised to set out in more detail the timetable and partnership requirements associated with effectively managing contacts and referrals.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link to Securing British Citizenship for Looked After Children - NRPF Network has been added.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review with respect to the circumstances as to when a Looked After Review should be brought forward. The list is not exhaustive. (See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews).
Change of Name of a Looked After Child This chapter has been entirely revised and updated and should be re-read in full.
Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Section 8, After the Panel Recommendation, has been updated to clarify that the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel’s recommendation and final set of panel minutes – The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 4: Fostering Services and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.
Placement for Adoption This chapter has been amended to emphasise ‘procedural fairness’ as a key aspect of the adoption planning process in respect of ensuring parents are provided with information throughout, including the dates of placement/proposed changes of a child’s Status, etc. This follows the outcome of a judicial review ([2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin)). (See new Section 4.2, Section Procedural Fairness).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children in Need Standards This new document outlines the minimum standards that the Trust has a responsibility to achieve in order to provide an appropriate level of care for Children in Need (CIN).

Next Update: July 2018


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