Amendments

June 2018


Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Case Recording Section 17, Records must Usually be Retained After Closure has been updated to include a link to Children’s Services – Retention of Records table which provides an overview of the retention requirements for different types of Children’s Social Care Records.
Contact with Parents / Carers/ Siblings and Others Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the use of mobile communication with regards to contact.
Provision and Preparation of Meals Section 2, Provision of Meals has been updated to reflect that children’s’ views are sought and help to shape the menus and food items available.
Smoking and Alcohol Section 1.1, E-cigarettes/Vapes has been added and links to Electronic cigarettes – NHS and Drinkaware in the Related Information section.
Countering Bullying and Peer Abuse This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Offending and Anti-Social Behaviour – Guidance on when to Involve the Police Section 1.1, Missing Children has been revised to take account of the revised College of Policing definition of missing and absent.
Recognising Abuse and Neglect Guidance This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect current Government guidance on safeguarding children and the responsibility which is shared among all professionals to keep children safe and promote their welfare.
Referring Safeguarding Concerns This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect current Government guidance on safeguarding children and emphasises that keeping children safe and promoting their welfare is a responsibility of all staff working in the home, not just managers and key workers.
Missing Children This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout
Identifying and Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism including Radicalisation Section 1, Introduction / Definitions has been updated to include additional information for staff on what is meant by the term extremism; an explanation of the processes by which young people can be exposed to the messages of extremist groups was also added.
Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers This guidance has been updated to clarify the distinct roles and responsibilities of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and the homes’ senior manger in relation to the handling of allegations against staff and volunteers.
Visitors to the Home This guidance has been reviewed throughout and refreshed as required.
Notification of Serious Events The title of this document has been revised to ‘Notification of Serious Events’ to provide clarity and better reflect terminology used in the Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards.
Looked After Reviews This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated to include additional detail on the circumstances in which Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) should look to bring forward a child’s Looked After Review. See Section 2, Frequency of Looked After Reviews for full details.
Moving to Another Placement This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout
Removed Chapters
  • Looked After Children and Self Harm.

Next update: December 2018


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