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Darlington Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

October 2017

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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each Section contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices and List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy and Guidance  
1.1.5 Children's Consultation and Participation New

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 CAF Process for Practitioners  
 

See also:

 
1.2.2 Continuum of Need Level Indicators  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams  

   

1.4

Court Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Durham and Teesside Third Party Protocol 2013: A Protocol for the Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Proceedings  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children’s services lawyers July 2014  

   

1.5

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) Updated
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Children’s Social Care Complaints, Compliments and Comments Procedure  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
  See also: Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children's Social Care Services  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Records Management Updated
2.3 Subject Access Request Procedure  

   

2.4

Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversation

 
2.4.1 Parents or Adults Recording Social Workers in Meetings: Practitioner Guidance  
2.4.2 Guidance for Parents and Adults: Recording Meetings with your Social Worker  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.4 Young Carers  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Young People in Unregulated Placements  
5.1.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.16 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.17 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  

   

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Need to Know / Serious Incident Notification Procedures  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Staying Put Procedure and Guidance Updated
5.7.3 Practice Guidance for Financial Management Re: Leaving Care Team  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

   

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
5.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
  Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
  Adoption Service Statement of Purpose  
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.19 Relinquished Children  


7. Appendices and List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

7.1 Local Contacts - to follow  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.4 Amendments  

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