Children's Specialist Services Division

Wandsworth Proceduresfor Children in Need of Help and Protection, Children Looked After and Care Leavers



June 2020

CAPTION: June 2020
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This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.

Note: The existing paper forms will be accepted until 29th February 2020.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.

Legal Planning Meetings

This chapter has been updated.

Notifications of Significant Events

This procedure has been updated to reflect revised guidance issued by Ofsted to Children’s Homes Providers in August 2019. The revised guidance sought to clarify what is meant by a ‘serious event’ in relation to a child living in a Children’s Homes with the aim of reducing the overall number of notifications made to Ofsted, and in particular reducing the number of repeat notifications made as a result of submitting additional / updated information.

Education of Children Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 which replaces the 2018 version. Section 8, Safeguarding the Looked After Child at School has been amended to include reference to Upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) and serious violence.

In Section 1.3, Role of the Local Authority, Virtual School Head (VSH), and School - OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for LAC pupils are registered with the DFE has been added.

Allegations Against Foster Carers

This chapter has been reviewed and refreshed, and terminology has been updated where required.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

An update has been made in Section 1, Priniples to draw attention to OFSTED’s advice that Local Authorities should exercise due diligence in ensuring schools for pupils with SEN are registered with the DFE. The same diligence should be exercised on behalf of pupils with SEN.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been amended to reflect the Ofsted Twitter Blog of 24/7/19 by Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. The Blog highlights feedback from a number of inspections and explores what good recording should look like. (Ofsted: developments in children’s social care – What makes an effective case record?)

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

These details have been updated locally.

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Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989

This chapter has been added to the manual.

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