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Amendments

May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Statements of Purpose Twelve revised Statement of Purpose documents have been published as part of this update.
Children’s Guides Six revised Children’s Guide documents have been published as part of this update.
Case Recording Policy and Staff Guidance A link has been added to Retention of Records in Section 17, Records must Usually be Retained After Closure which clarifies the length of time records must be retained and stored.
Looked After Reviews

This chapter replaces the previous chapter and has been substantially revised throughout and should be read in its entirety

It has been revised to more 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.
The Police Section 1.1, Missing Children has been revised to take account of the revised College of Policing definition of missing and absent.
Contact with Parents / Carers / Siblings and Others This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
Recognising Abuse and Neglect Guidance This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
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.
Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
Representations and Complaints Contact details for the Children’s Commissioner Help at Hand Service have been added to this chapter. Any looked after child living in a residential care home can contact the Help at Hand Service for support, advice and information.
Countering Bullying and Peer Abuse This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
Visitors to the Home This chapter replaces the previous chapter and should be read in its entirety.
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.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction has been revised throughout to include additional information on the nature of child sexual exploitation and its impact on young people.  The Indicators of Possible Sexual Exploitation described in Section 2 have also been included to reflect the complexity of child sexual exploitation, including situations where young people are both perpetrators and victims of abuse (see Section 2, Indicators of Possible Sexual Exploitation).
Smoking and Alcohol Section 1.1, E-cigarettes/Vapes has been added and links to Electronic cigarettes – NHS and Drinkaware in the Related Guidance section.
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.
Residential Structure This has been updated.

Next update: November 2018


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