Addendum to the late spring edition of the newsletter
Update on Version 2 Part 6 Code of Practice, following the consultation last year.
Some minor amendments have been made to the original Code of Practice, and as a result a lot of the numbering of paragraphs has changed. It is, therefore, worth checking out the new Code when you are referring to it even if you are not working in the areas where changes have occurred.
The changes are as follows:
1) Notifications of emergency out of area placements in residential care: an amendment to reg 12(6)(b) Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015, brought in by the CPPCR(W)(Amendment) Regulations 2018, means that children's homes have to give notification of emergency placement to the local authority in which they are situated within 24 hours rather than 5 working days. The amendment regulations also place additional duties on children's homes in providing information to the local authority. This is reflected in the amended paragraphs 202 - 207 in the new C of P (paras 202 - 205 in the old C of P).
2) Placements outside the British Islands: para 214 in the old C of P has become para 216 in the new C of P. The last sentence has been deleted: 'A placement should only be agreed where the stay overseas is for a definite and limited period'. There is now no time restriction on the length of any placement.
3) Secure accommodation - The new C of P reflects the recent amendments to s25 Children Act 1989 which provide a proper legal basis for placements in Scotland; practice remains the same, as in the old C of P.
Many thanks to Huw Gwyn Jones from Welsh Government for his help with this.
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