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The Social Work Manual is updated every 6 months. Sometimes changes need to be introduced, within that period. Practice Guidance Notes (PGN) contain these changes and are circulated to all staff from the Directorate's Office. At each update, the content of the PGN is incorporated into the Social Work Manual, and the PGN Moved to the PGN Archive at the end of this page. Click the link below for the Current Practice Guidance Notes.


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Practice Guidance Notes  
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See also, Statutory Guidance in Government Papers section re: Adoption, Friends and Families, Young Runaways, Targeted Support Services for Young People.


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Please click on the link for access to leaflets from HCC Money Advice: Financial assistance with Fostering and Adoption. Social Fund Changes. Financial assistance with disabled children.  
HCC Money Advice: Benefits for Young People  
HCC Money Advice: Financial assistance with housing costs  
[National Website] Child Benefits HM Revenue and Customs  
[National Website] Disability Benefits Enquiry Line  
[National Website] Who to contact about disability and carers benefits  
[National Website] Housing and Local Services Information  
[National Website] Housing Citizens Advice Bureau issues relating to housing rights/law  
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Link to the Virtual Library, which contains a collection of information and guidance that is aimed at supporting practitioners and managers in their ongoing role in working with children and young people
Virtual Library - Direct Work with Children and Young People
Child Development Chart October 2018 - Provides information to support understanding of child development from ages 0-21, which includes The Stages of Development, Developmental Theory, Supportive Factors, Cognitive Theory and Associated Training Available.
Child Development Chart Ages 0-21
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A refuge for young people at risk.
This explains how provisions may be made for children over 14 years to be placed for up to 14 days without becoming looked after, if the provider is appropriately registered.
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This short study provides an insight into the nature of children’s residential homes, the characteristics and circumstances of the young people who live in them and on the short-term outcomes for these young people living in children's residential homes

These pages provide information that may be helpful to providers of services, local authorities and other people who work with children, young people, families and foster carers

Statutory guidance on adoption  
Hertfordshire County Council's Foster Carers’ handbook  
Residential child care settings – Therapeutic approaches to Social Work in Social Care Institute for Excellence May 2012, evaluates different approaches in children’s homes and secure units  
ARi - Belonging and Permanence - Outcomes in long-term foster care and adoption  
ARi - An interview with Professor Nina Biehal re. Belonging and Permanence: Outcomes in long-term foster care and adoption  
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Equality for Young People  

The bulletins are a series of briefings with the findings from individual complaint investigations, management and serious case reviews of children in Hertfordshire.


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Research and Good Practice Bulletins  
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