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June 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker, (During Placement) has bene updated to reflect that in the Safer Caring Plan, any changes in household circumstances along with any health and safety issues including the addition of any new pets and the environment in which they are kept should be reviewed as required.
Safe Caring Policy for Looked After Children in Foster Care This chapter has been updated with a link to current government guidance on using a child car seat or booster seat.
Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Section 5.3, Assessments, has been updated to include where the applicants have pets, a risk assessment should be conducted and any associated risks should be taken into account with regard to the pet itself and where the pet is kept. Where necessary, an independent assessment should be undertaken by a vet to establish whether the dog falls within the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Inter Country Adoption

This chapter has been updated with a link to the Adoption Support Fund. In Section 3, Initial Visit, the DfE have published Intercountry Adoption and Resident Status Requirements which set out the minimum requirements, however entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances.

In Section 10, After the Adoption Panel Recommendation, information has been added on the Intercountry Adoption: Checklist for Adoption which details the paperwork adoption agencies must include in the intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
Application for Special Guardianship Orders The chapter has been updated. The DfE has updated the Special Guardianship Guidance to include details of the Adoption Support Fund as the Fund now covers therapeutic support for children, living in England, who were previously in care immediately before the making of a Special Guardianship Order.

Next update: December 2017


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