July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Contact with Parents/Carers/Siblings and Others Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the ways in which social media and mobile communication are used by young people in care to have contact friends and family members.
Health Care Assessments and Health Recommendation Plans Section 1, Health Care Assessments has been updated to include additional information on situations when children and young people can provide their own consent to health care assessments and treatment.
Smoking and Alcohol This chapter has been extensively updated. A new Section 1.1, E-cigarettes/Vapes has been added.
Offending and Anti-Social Behaviour – Guidance on when to Involve the Police This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Calderdale protocol for reducing criminalisation of children looked after.
Recognising Abuse and Neglect This guidance has been reviewed and updated to reflect current Government guidance on safeguarding children, details have been added in relation to 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.
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. Section 2, Indicators of Possible Sexual Exploitation has also been included to reflect the complexity of child sexual exploitation including situations where young people are both perpetrators and victims of abuse.
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.
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour Section 2, Planning and Prevention has been updated to provide additional guidance for staff on how to respond to young people in our care who are feeling suicidal or who are self harming. A note has also been added on the importance of offering appropriate support to staff members and other young people living in the home when incidents of self harm have taken place.
Children 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.

Next update: January 2019


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