From 1st April 2018 the entirety of The Children and Social Work Act 2017 came into force. The Children and Social Work Act 2017 defines, for the first time , the role of a corporate parent. There are 7 corporate parenting principles which all key members of staff (from executive level to front line social work staff) need to be aware of and have sufficient training to be able to competently apply the principles.
Delegates will explore the legislative framework of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and learn what is expected of them within their respective roles. Delegates will consider the new provisions & understand how best to implement them, within their practice, enabling them to employ a more effective approach to safeguarding children, both at local and national level, for those in care, previously looked after children and those leaving care. Importantly, it also establishes a new regulatory regime for social work, Social Work England (SWE).
Key Learning Points
- Explain and apply the 7 core principles regarding the role of the Corporate Parent under the new legislation, which Local Authorities and their partners agencies must have regard to
- Understand and encourage all safeguarding partners and relevant agencies to work equally & collectively in exercising their functions to safeguard & promote the welfare of the child
- Identify and be ready to include & address the additional considerations, that the court must have regard to when making a care or supervision order or when placing a child for adoption, including the updated definition of the 'permanence plan'
- Identify and implement the new duties the Local Authority has acquired in relation to previously looked after children
- Identify the additional responsibilities the Local Authority now has for care leavers in preparing them for, adulthood and independent living
- Understand and then apply the changes in legislation to the provision of secure accommodation across the border, under the new placement provisions
- Recognise the significant shifting of responsibilities with the implementation of the new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
- Understand the new provisions for child death reviews
- Have regard to the new provisions for the protection against employment discrimination for whistle-blowers in children's social care roles
- Understand and be compliant with the new provisions in relation to regulation, information skills, and training of Social Work England