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OxfordshireChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Recent Changes to Manual

May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Section 3, Assessment has been updated with regards to in advance of undertaking an age assessment for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, local authorities must seek Home Office assistance with verifying the authenticity of identity documents e.g. travel documents or a birth certificate. A link to the relevant contact details for local authorities has been added. The statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.

Decision to Look After Child

This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect local practice. This procedure should be re-read in its entirety.

Looked After Reviews

This chapter has been amended to fully reflect the Volume 2: care planning, placement and case review guidance and regulation 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).

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

This procedure has been amended to clarify 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 minutes, in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 (5.39) and Standard 14 (14.9) Fostering panels and the fostering service’s decision-maker.

New Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Guidance for Convening a Strategy Discussion on Open Cases where there has been a Safeguarding Incident

A revised Guidance has been added to the manual.

Assessment of an (Unborn) Child of a Young Person who is Looked After, Leaving Care or in whom there is Substantial Social Care/YOS Involvement

This Document has been added to the procedures manual.

Guidance on Supervision

A new local guidance on Supervision has been added.

Mental Capacity

This resource has been added to the procedures.

Procedure for an UASC Who is Missing

This procedure has been added.

Life Story Work

A new Life Story protocol has been added to the manual.

Resolution and Escalation Process

A new process on resolution and escalation has been added to the procedures.

Next update: November 2018


2017 Amendments