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DSCF - paragraph from Good PracticeGuidelines

Jellies November 22, 2009 16:46
AdoptionSome looked after children are placed for adoption and will live with theirprospective new parents prior to the final Adoption Order. When that happens, ifthey are of statutory school age, they may stay at their existing school or move toa new school. Before the final Adoption Order is made by the courts the child willretain his or her looked after legal status. That means, for example, that althoughplaced for adoption he or she will have an adoption plan and a PEP. It also meansthat the child should continue to be treated in the same way as any other lookedafter child for the purpose of school admission priority arrangements and inrelation to the designated teacher’s role. Once the final Adoption Order is made,the child will no longer be looked after. However, his or her educational, socialand emotional needs will not change overnight simply as a result of the finalAdoption Order. Schools and designated teachers will, therefore, need to besensitive to the arrangements for supporting the educational needs of childrenpost-adoption.
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Jellies November 22, 2009 16:58
The above paragraph has been copied and pasted from the GPG re Designated Teachers for LAC.This paragraph is in the important info for School Governors and designated teachers. IT IS NOT part of the legislation or statutory instrument (to be more correct), NOR part of the GPG but it is in print in the official document from the DSCF.I have never seen anything in an offical document recognising that when LAC are adopted, their educational, social and emotional needs still require schools to bemindful of that. Please download the GPG, and take it with you to any meeting at school, just to point out to schools that things are a changing (drip drip drip).I don't how to do links so if any of you could look it up and put the link here , I for one would be grateful.If you go onto the DSCF website and then click on the Governor section, you will see the 3 documents. The one you want is the Good Practice Guidelines.
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birdlady November 23, 2009 09:53
This is brilliant, jellies - sadly too late really for birdboy, but great for others to have.This hyperlink should take you straight to the document you speak of: is called: "The role and responsibilities of the designated teacher for looked after children: Statutory guidance for school governing bodies"So, it IS actually statutory guidance. I have had a look, quickly, at the document and a bit that has this interesting stuff for us adopters is on page 16:"4.7 Transfer out of care4.26 When children cease to be looked after (for example, because theyare adopted or are subject to a Special Guardianship Order) theireducational needs are unlikely to have changed significantly simplybecause their care status has changed. Although they will no longerbe required to have a PEP, designated teachers will wish to giveconsideration to the implications of continuity for meeting the child’seducational needs."And THIS IS in the statutory guidance.Way to go Jellies!Regards, birdladyP.S. Another nice little snippet on page 19:"5.12 Every school does its best to avoid excluding children. In the case of lookedafter children it is even more important."P.P.S. If you want to see the quote that Jellies put up, it is at the end of the document, where they have basically put a list of terminology for Governors to help them understand "some of the terms they may encounter in relation to Looked After Children" and is on page 29.BL
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Dolphin Mum November 23, 2009 10:11
A well meant word of warning.This is not a LEGAL REQUIREMENT. It is GUIDANCE only. This sadly means that schools can and do ignore it - as they did with Giant and are trying to do with DG.A dedicated designated teacher will follow the guidelines, but it does depend on the restraints put on them. DG for example no longer even has an IEP even though she is on School Action Plus, because they have now moved to GROUP Education Plans.DH, thru his work has done his best to get more into the legal requirements, but this is the best possible at the moment.At least it SHOULD alert some schools,but there are still those who will believe they know best.I am going to print it off for DG's school in the hope that it will make a difference, but I will not hold my breathe.
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birdlady November 23, 2009 10:46
No, you are right DG, my enthusiasm got the better of me and I wasn't clear myself (as Jellies and you were) that although 'statutory guidance' it isn't part of the statutory instrument - ie the law, it is still 'guidance'. Might help persuade a school to do what they should or in complaints and appeals if they aren't adhering to it, but they don't have to, do they.Thanks dg, regards, bl.
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Bop November 23, 2009 12:53
Does anyone know of this guidance applies to Scotland? We have an issue with school and this would be very useful but I'm nit sure if its just E&W?Bop
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Pear Tree February 2, 2010 10:40
bump for ptjdiamonds
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Jellies February 9, 2010 09:26
Bumping up for mummum and bootsie
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Kazzie June 12, 2013 12:14
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