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Quick Guide

December 2017


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. About the Online Procedures
  3. Amendments and Who to Contact
  4. Register for Updates
  5. Children’s Homes Regulations and Standards
  6. Derby and Derbyshire SCBs Online Procedures
  7. Keywords
  8. Terminology
  9. Printing and Retaining Copies
  10. Copyright


1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing the online procedures.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use the accessibility buttons which are on the menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.

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2. About the Online Procedures

This site contains all the Derbyshire Children’s Homes key policies and procedures. To see a full list please click on the ‘Contents’ button on the left hand side of the screen.

The procedures are sub divided into several Sections e.g. Section 1: Ethos and Policy Framework.

When you have read this guide, start by familiarising yourself with the Contents List and the Procedures listed under each Section.

If you are unable to find a Procedure you require, consult your Manager or use the Search function on the left hand side of the screen.


3. Amendments and Who to Contact

This manual will be updated on a regular basis. The next update is due in June 2018. If you have any queries, comments or feedback, please contact Denise Ward (Denise.Ward@derbyshire.gov.uk).

Click here to view details of updates made to the online procedures.


4. Register for Updates

By registering with tri.x via the ‘Register for Updates’ button on the left side of this screen, you will receive automatic updates each time the procedures are updated. You will also receive information about the briefing papers we produce each month.


5. Children’s Homes Regulations and Standards

Most chapters contain links to a web enabled version of the Regulations.

At any time, you can access/view the Regulations and Quality Standards by clicking on ‘Standards’ on the left hand side of the screen.


6. Derby and Derbyshire SCBs Online Procedures

Click here to access the Derby and Derbyshire SCB Online Procedures/


7. Keywords

The procedures link to a large glossary (Keywords) of terms. See for example - Notifiable Disease (Try it: click on the highlighted text). Once clicked, the Keyword will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the 'close' button in the browser tab.


8. Terminology

Key Terms 

We have tried to use consistent terminology throughout the procedures, as follows:

Home this is a generic term which means Children's Home
Child' or 'Young Person both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
Home’s or Registered Manager This is the registered manager for the home, sometimes the term ‘Manager’ is used.
Line Manager This is used to denote the first line manager for the home; the person who supervises the Home’s Manager.
Staff or Carer means all Staff and Carers whether employed or not
Key Carer Members of staff that have special responsibility for children in the home.
Parent means person with Parent or person with Parental Responsibility
Regulatory Authority Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in to the procedures describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted
Social Worker This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the Duty Social Worker or Team Manager is responsible.
Placing Authority Placing Authority means the local authority/agency responsible for placing the child or commissioning the service (usually Children's Services - see below).
Children's Services, Children's Social Care Services Both these terms are used in the procedures. In effect they mean the same thing. In some areas, Children's Services still exist, but in most areas they have replaced Children's Services with Children's Social Care Services - which normally provide children's social care and education services within the local authority.
Placement Plan The term 'Placement Plan' is the generic term meaning the home’s own plan for the child/young person.


9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The procedures should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure.

Please note, copies may be printed for reference only, they may NOT be retained for more than 3 working days or used for any other purpose.


10. Copyright

The content of the procedures site can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x and Derbyshire County Council.

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